This is a warning for those Dogster’s located in the Mesa, AZ area. There have been eight strychnine poisonings in or near Carriage Lane Park, and along the Western Canal.
Christine Pomerenke’s dog CJ, a German shepherd mix, died March 1 after a visit to the park. It was at least the eighth suspected strychnine poisoning at Carriage Lane in recent months, and the first known fatality.
“People need to be aware of their animals walking the canal,” Pomerenke said. She recalled walking the park with CJ and her other dog Gizmo.
“I let CJ off the leash, and he was attracted to the telephone pole,” where he began eating hamburger left on the ground, Pomerenke said.
After returning home, the dogs were placed in the backyard while Pomerenke tended to weeds out front. Fifteen minutes later, she found CJ dead.
Strychnine affects an animal’s nervous system, causing tremors and seizures. An animal can die within 15 minutes to 2 hours without medical care.
Mesa’s Animal Control is investigating the poisonings, which began in November. Due to budget cuts the department is down to two officers from seven, making catching the person that much harder. Anyone with any information is urged to call them at 480-644-2268.
For more information go to www.carriagelanecanines.com