WATCH NOW: People Are Poisoning Dogs
Pet owners near Lake Corpus Christi are devastated after over 20 animals were found dead over the holiday weekend.
For the second time in a matter of months, residents of Hideaway Hills are mourning the loss of their pets and worried about the safety of those still alive. According to community resident Shanda Brown, an unknown individual is planting poisoned food throughout the neighborhood in a deliberate attempt to kill and harm the local population of cats and dogs.
The latest incident of mass pet deaths happened over Memorial Day weekend. Brown was first alerted of the situation when she found the stray dogs she and a neighbor were caring for foaming at the mouth and convulsing on Monday morning. She told KZTV10:
"They were lethargic, vomiting, expelling fluid from every part of their bodies, at the end they were convulsing and hemorrhaging."
Another resident, Leslie Jones, found her four dogs dead on the same morning. In total, residents estimate about two dozen dogs and four cats have died with similar symptoms in the community and near the lake.
The suspicious nature of the animal deaths leads pet owners to believe someone is visiting the community on holiday weekends to spread poisoned food. The last time it happened was on Easter. Brown told KZTV10 about at least three other dogs that died in April. While the police have been notified of the incidents, little progress has been made on the case. The only evidence they have is video footage taken from a neighbor's security camera.
The footage shows a truck drive past the house, and someone in the vehicle throws something onto the ground. Dogs quickly come over and eat whatever was thrown.
In addition to the video footage, a bag of fish heads was also found in the area. A resident plans to have the fish tested for poison. If the results come back positive, Hideaway Hills pet owners will finally have proof that someone is attacking their dogs. Investigators are also waiting on toxicology reports from the deceased animals to determine cause of death.
If you have any information about what's happening to neighborhood dogs in Oak County, Texas contact the Live Oak County Sheriff's Office.
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