Still more poison meatballs aimed at dogs have been found. This latest round is again in Colorado, and instead of being scattered randomly in public places, these look like they might have been placed to kill a specific dog.
Gail and Doedo Schipper found three meatballs laced with D-Con, a brand of rodent poison, in the front yard of their Longmont, Colorado, home over the weekend. Longmont is a suburb about 15 miles to the northeast of Boulder; just two months ago, eight meatballs containing rat poison were found in a park in Gunbarrel, which lies between Boulder and Longmont.
Police are looking into whether the meatballs found this weekend are linked to an anonymous letter the Schippers got in June 2013 threatening their dog for making too much noise. “If you don’t shut your f***ing dog up, I’ll blow its f***ing head off,” the letter said.
Are meatballs found in San Francisco several times in the past year connected to these? It’s depressing to think, but unless there’s a single person who does a lot of commuting between California and Colorado, it seems most likely that poison meatballs are just the “in” thing among dog-hating sociopaths this season.
This isn’t the first time that poison meatballs have shown up in this particular neighborhood, though. In June 2013, Kristi Scott, who lives on the same street as the Schippers, found poisoned meatballs in her backyard. Fortunately, she got to them before her dogs did, but Jeremy Jacobi may not have been so lucky. His six-year-old Corgi, Cody, died suddenly in May in a suspected poisoning case.
“I was very very sad,” Jacobi told local TV station KUSA. “And still, every time I look at a picture of him, I just get really sad that my dog is gone.”
“It’s sad,” Jacobi’s mother, Collette Lottor, told the Daily Camera. “If anyone had come to the house and said ‘Hey, your dog’s barking is getting annoying,’ I would have been glad to work with them to resolve the situation. There’s no need to resort to harm or violence.”
The prospect that the poisoner (or poisoners) is someone local seems to be the most worst thing to Scott.
“It’s just crazy and I just think, my first thought is, ‘why don’t you go talk to somebody about it, go talk to a human about it,'” Scott said. “I just think somebody is a nut bag, and I think it’s somebody in this neighborhood, which is disturbing.”
For now, there seems to be no end to these stories in sight, and they’re no longer confined to San Francisco, so please keep an eye out for what your dog eats when you’re on a walk, or when strange things appear in your own yard.
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