The Oro Valley Police Department received a phone report on March 10 about a puppy being poisoned and ultimately dying.
The investigation revealed that on March 10, at about 6:45 a.m., the puppy’s owner placed the puppy in the backyard in the area of Lambert and La Cañada. When the owner returned home approximately three hours later, she found the puppy deceased. The owner took the dog to the veterinarian where a necropsy was performed. The doctor determined the cause of death was a strychnine-laced hot dog.
Stychnine is a poison that is commonly used for killing rodents and birds. When it is inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through eyes or mouth, it causes a poisoning which results in muscular convulsions and eventually death through asphyxia.
The OVPD Criminal Investigations Unit has exhausted all leads and is now seeking the public’s assistance with finding the person or persons responsible. OVPD is asking anyone with any information on this crime to call 88-crime, 911 or (520) 229-4900.