In San Fran, Streets Littered With ... Poisoned Meatballs?

Police think culprit may be targeting dogs, cats
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2014 1:28 PM CST
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(Newser) – Walking your dog in San Francisco? Don't let it eat any meatballs you may find on the street. Police in the city say they have found dozens of meatballs suspected to be poisonous in a Twin Peaks neighborhood where a similar incident happened last year. An officer says she found 34 meatballs hidden in carports, behind stairwells, along curbs, and in bushes on Saturday. She says a resident handed her another ball of raw meat she took from her dog.

Last July, a 7-year-old dachshund named Oskar died after eating a meatball laced with strychnine. Another dog was sickened. Police never found the suspect. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that police will test the newly-discovered meatballs to determine if they are poisonous. Animal Care and Control officers are asking for the public's help in finding the person who hid them. (Read more poison stories.)

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