The Lakeville Police Department said a resident reporter her dog died on March 19, and she lives near the community that was littered with shrapnel-laced hot dogs, apparently targeting and injuring several dogs in the area.
At least one other dog has died, but police are still investigating the incident and working veterinarians to determine the exact cause of death.
"Residents in the area south of Lake Marion, near Jacquard Avenue and Upper 205th are strongly encouraged to monitor their animals closely and report any suspicious items to the police department," Lakeville police said on Facebook.
The Lakeville Public Safety Foundation issued a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person apparently leaving the hot dogs embedded with screws, pins, pills and other items.
Contact Detective Mike Lamm at (952) 985-4822 with any information.
Community on edge
Earlier this month, police confirmed a dog mysteriously died during a walk. X-rays showed no foreign objects inside the dog's stomach, but toxicology results are pending.
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.