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Humane Society offering reward for info on dog poisonings

Mon., Jan. 13, 2014, 4:17 p.m.

Two dogs targeted in northwest Spokane, investigators say

A $5,000 reward is being offered to tipsters with information about two attempted dog poisonings in northwest Spokane earlier this month.

The Humane Society of the United States is putting up the cash for clues in two incidents near West Wellesley Avenue and North I Street that left two dogs seriously injured, according to a news release from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS).

A dog named Charlie ate ground beef laced with strange white granules, according to investigators. Tests of Charlie’s blood revealed phosphorous, and he was rushed into surgery. He survived, and the tainted meat is being tested at Washington State University, SCRAPS said.

Ringo, a dog that lives across the street from Charlie, experienced an unexplained seizure on New Year’s Day, according to the news release. Investigators think the illnesses may be linked.

The perpetrator potentially faces felony animal cruelty charges, SCRAPS said. The agency had received no barking complaints at the addresses.

Those living in the neighborhood are asked to be on the lookout for poisoning symptoms in their pets, including vomiting that smells like garlic. If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian right away.

Anyone with tips on the potential poisoning cases is asked to call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.

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