ST. GEORGE — The results of suspicious meat samples collected by Mesquite Animal Control and sent to a lab for testing returned as showing positive for a substance toxic to animals, police announced Monday.
On Nov. 27, a resident of the Sun City area of Mesquite reported to police that pieces of cubed meat had been found in his yard, according to a media statement issued Monday by the Mesquite Police Department.
“The resident, aware of alleged reports of dogs in the neighborhood becoming ill,” police said, “felt the meat may have been poisoned and contacted the police.”
Officers collected the meat samples and Animal Control officials sent the samples to a lab for testing.
“The recently returned lab test results showed the meat had been laced with an insecticide which is moderately toxic to mammals when ingested,” according to the Police Department.
The Mesquite Police Department has not received any further complaints of animal poisoning or reports of sick pets in the Sun City area, officials said Monday, and has no reason to believe there is any active danger to pets in the area.
Notwithstanding, police said residents whose pets experience unusual sickness or exhibit abnormal behavior should first, seek medical help for their pet from a veterinarian and then, notify the Mesquite Animal Control division by calling 702-346-6911.
Citizens are also urged to immediately contact the Mesquite Police Department to report suspicious or abnormal behavior by calling 702-346-6911 in order for police to promptly respond and investigate. Residents may also contact the Mesquite Police Department via its crime tip line at 702-346-8826.
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