Lakeville police confirm a dog mysteriously died Sunday during a walk. X-rays showed no foreign objects inside the dog's stomach, but toxicology results are pending.
The death is troubling to the residents of 205th Court West, where hot dog meat stuffed with pills and metal objects have been found in backyards and driveways. At this point, police can't officially link the dog's death to the tainted hot dogs.
Lindsay Perez found screws, steel wool and safety pins lodged in hot dog pieces that her two dogs ate. Pablo swallowed 11 screws and is still hospitalized, while Yogi underwent an emergency procedure Saturday evening to remove three safety pins lodged inside his throat.
Neighbors say it's clear that someone is targeting their dogs, and they're sharing warnings on social media and through word of mouth.
"We think it's happening overnight when everyone's in bed and no one's around," Tess Gustafson said.
Lakeville police are treating these cases as a criminal investigation and any suspects will be charged with animal cruelty.