Dogs sickened by poisoned treats found in St. Paul yards

- Rat poison-laced dog biscuits have been found in several yards near Lexington Parkway and Minnehaha Avenue over the past week.

St. Paul police confirm at least two dogs have been poisoned as a result of consuming the biscuits.
The poisonings have pet owners in the Frogtown area on edge.

Dan Piepkorn told Fox 9 his eight-year-old terrier, Lola, is his best friend. But if he had not been keeping a close eye on her the other day, she may not still be keeping him company.

The poison-laced biscuits were planted in his yard on or before July 31.

"It would’ve really hurt if I hadn’t caught her with it,” Piepkorn said. “I had a dog poisoned as a child and I don’t want to go through that again.”

A neighbor had warned him earlier that week about the biscuits, so when Piepkorn saw Lola with the treat he was able to get it from her right away.

Piepkorn said at least two other dog owners in his neighborhood have dealt with poisoned dogs.
“You really have to hate a lot of things I think to try to poison animals,” Piepkorn said.

Sgt. Mike Ernster said the St. Paul Police Department has received two official reports of dog poisonings near Lexington Parkway and Minnehaha Avenue.

“I know my dog would eat anything at any time in any yard,” Sgt. Mike Ernster with St. Paul Police told Fox 9 Wednesday.

Ernster’s department has received two official reports of dog poisonings near Lexington Parkway and Minnehaha.

Ernster said pets that have ingested rat poison will often exhibit symptoms that mimic natural illnesses.
The news has nearby pet owners like Nancy Hernandez worried for the safety of their own animals.

“I got scared so I check the yard every day,” Hernandez said.

Anytime she and her dog Harley are outside now Hernandez is on high alert.

“If [the suspect] is doing it to dogs, [they] might be doing it to kids,” worried Hernandez.

Piepkorn said he shares Hernandez’s fear.

“All it would take is for them to pick a piece up and in the mouth it goes if it’s a small child,” Piepkorn said.

Despite Piepkorn’s relief that Lola is safe, he hopes the person responsible for poisoning Lola, and other St. Paul pets will end the senselessness.

“Knock it off. Knock it off and get some help.” Piepkorn said of his message to the suspect.

Minnesota state law considers the poisoning of an animal a gross misdemeanor.

St. Paul Police are asking anyone who has observed suspicious activity connected to this animal cruelty crime to call them or the city’s animal control center a call at 651-266-1100.

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