Three dogs have been poisoned while playing in their own yards in a quiet Chula Vista neighborhood. The dogs were let out to play and were dead hours later from poisoned hot dogs that someone tossed into the pet’s yards.
Police report that the dogs killed were not pets that caused any problems to the neighbors and police have never received any complaints about them. So it is not as if someone was taking a problem into their own hands. The dogs lived in homes in the Otay Ranch area.
Lt. Dan Peak said a woman reported her golden retriever and Maltese dogs poisoned by hot dog pieces found in the yard, these were the first two dead dogs reported. These first two poisonings occurred on April 8 at a Calle de la Flor home. She reports her dogs started to vomit then passed away shortly after eating those hot dogs, reports the San Diego Union Tribune on April 16.
The poisoned hot dogs were also found in the yard of the third dead dog, a black Labrador. He returned inside the house sick after he was let out at 5 a.m. and it appears that this dog also ate some of the hot dogs.
The dog owners found hot dogs with a black substance in the middle out in their yards after their dogs became ill. The hot dogs are pictured above. Police say that these appear to be random attacks in the Chula Vista area.
The three dogs were poisoned within a week’s time and the owners are sure that this was no coincidence. NBC Local News reports that the Residents of the Otay Ranch neighborhood are calling this an intentional killing of their dogs.
Someone cut-up the hot dogs and then threw them into the yards were the dogs were sure to find them. What if a toddler was in the yard and put one in their mouth? This is one dangerous situation for the folks in that area.
The Frank family is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons who did this. Their family dog, Stella, died April 13.
Kayre Frank described what happened to Stella, “She started to get violently ill. She was kind of shaking and it was weird that she would lay down like that… she wasn’t responding to me and so I got down and looked at her. She didn’t look good, she was foaming and she was shaking.”
The dog was taken to the vet, but at that point she couldn’t breath on her own, it was too late and the family opted to put her down instead of watching her suffer a prolonged death.
The Frank’s neighbor, Adrianna Martinez lost her two dogs April 8 to the poisoned hotdogs thrown in her yard. She describes the ordeal with her dogs, She said that her golden retriever “ran up into my bed and was crying, crying and I never heard him cry that way. He didn’t have control of his body anymore… He threw up a wiener with black inside of it.”
Her mother’s dog, which was also in the yard and ate some of those hot dog pieces, started to have seizures. Both dogs were rushed to the animal hospital, but it was too late, they were both gone in about an hour.
The hot dogs were laced with pesticide or some other type of poison and then thrown into the yards where the dogs lived. Police investigating these dog killings are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for this crime. Anyone who can offer up any information should call Chula Vista police at 619-691-5202 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they should call 619 422-8477.