MESQUITE, Nevada – The Mesquite Police Department is cautioning pet owners to be aware of an attempted animal poisoning incident after a concerned citizen reported he found hot dogs stuffed with a blue substance which was later identified as rodenticide.
The citizen told officers that he found the hot dogs while walking his dog at the north end of Chaparral Drive near the Vista Del Monte water tank in Mesquite, according to a press statement released by the Police Department Monday afternoon.
“Animal Control Division Manager Officer Joe Macias collected the hot dogs and sent them off to be tested by Nevada Department of Agriculture,” the statement said. “The test results recently came back positive as a rodenticide.”
Rodenticides are pest control chemicals intended to kill rodents, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Since the incident, Mesquite Police officers and Mesquite Animal Control officers have been conducting extra patrols in the area where the poisoned hot dogs were found.
“We assume someone was trying to poison pets and or other animals by placing the poisoned hot dogs out where animals and their owners frequent,” Macias said. “Pet owners should always walk their dogs on a leash and be aware of what your dog picks up in order to avoid them from ingesting something they shouldn’t.”
The Mesquite Police Department is actively investigating the incident and asks citizens to notify police if they witness any suspicious persons and or activity in the area by calling 702-346-5262.
Mesquite Municipal Codes – Poisoning
It is unlawful for any person to unjustifiably administer any poisonous drug or substance to any animal, or unjustifiably expose any such drug or substance with intent that the same shall be taken by an animal, whether such animal be the property of himself or another. Nothing in this section or chapter shall be construed to:
- A. Prevent or restrict an animal control officer, police officer, health officer or similar official in the exercise and performance of the powers and duties of such officers
- B. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of animals commonly considered pests which are harmful or destructive to man, other animals or property
- C. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of “vertebrate pests” as that term is defined by Nevada Revised Statutes 555.005
- D. Prevent scientific experiments or investigations on animals performed by an accredited medical college or research institution
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