More Possibly Poisoned Meatballs Found… Pet Killer at Work?

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A large number of possibly poisoned meatballs were discovered in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks and Outer Richmond areas over the weekend, police said Tuesday as they cautioned residents to keep a close watch on their dogs.

The most recent finding took place shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday when 4 meatballs were discovered on the 800 block of La Playa Street, mentioned San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman.

“We will be testing them to see if in fact there’s any poison,” Newman said.

On Saturday, acting animal control Lt. Denise BonGiovanni discovered at least 34 balls of raw meat studded with pieces of something solid near Crestline Drive and Parkridge Drive in the Twin Peaks area. A resident gave animal control another meatball she said she had grabbed from a dog before the pet could eat it.

Those meatballs had been placed in carports, behind stairwells, along curbs and in hedges and bushes… all places where they were much more likely to be sniffed out by dogs than spotted by humans.

With worry spreading among dog owners, police responded to more reports of meatballs Tuesday at Clay and Larkin streets, however found just balls made of clay, authorities explained. A motive for the clay orbs on Clay Street was not immediately known.

Newman advised residents to keep dogs on a short leash. It is a crime, she explained, to poison items that can be taken in by animals.

In July, a 7-year-old dachshund died and another dog was critically sickened after eating meatballs police think were filled with strychnine. Investigators never found the person responsible in that case, and it’s not known if the meatballs found over the weekend were placed by the same person.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is giving a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the recent meatballs, if in fact they were poisoned. Tips can be called in to San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444.


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