Cuba Poisons US Diplomats' Pets: Report
State Department unveils '07 findings as relations with Cuba warm
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2009 3:12 PM CDT
Sen. Kennedy holds his 13-week old Portuguese water dog, not unlike the one the Obama family may get next week.   (AP Photo/Sen. Edward Kennedy's Office, file)
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(Newser) – President Obama better hide the family dog when he reaches out to Cuba, The Hill reports. As Obama and Congressional Democrats seek warmer relations with the island nation, the State Department released a 2007 report saying Havana has been poisoning the pets of US diplomats in Cuba. "The apparent goal has been to instigate dissension within US ranks," says the report.

Cuba also held back household goods and shipments to US officials. The revelation comes days after members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Cuban President Raul Castro; it's also the eve of President Obama's visit with Latin American leaders next week. Before the trip, Obama is expected to lift restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting and sending money to Cuba.