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No poison found in latest meatballs

No poison was detected in meat found in a Spokane woman's yard in the 900 block of East 36th Ave. on Monday, the Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service announced today.

But strychnine, most likely from a gopher control pesticide, was found in meatballs picked up last week in the 3300 block of East 55th Avenue and near Regal Street and the Palouse Highway.

The gopher bait was mixed with the meat, then cooked, likely producing the green dye substance that colored the meat. Use of the pesticide is restricted in Washington, but licensed dealers can sell to people who have a license to buy it.

"There are many ways an individual could have obtained this product, either legally or illegally," said Nicole Montano, lead animal protection officer for SCRAPS.

A dog died Friday after eating a poisoned meatball found near Regal and the Palouse Highway. Two other dogs died in the 3300 block of East 55th, and officials found tainted meatballs down the street from their home.

Dog owners are urged to inspect their yards and keep their pets indoors, and the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call the SCRAPS emergency number, (509) 477-2533.

Past coverage:

Strychnine may have killed Spokane dogs

Dog poisonings leave trail of questions, anguish

Sandpoint dogs poisoned by strychnine

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