Residents: Police Ignored Reports Of Poisoned Dogs
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A group of San Fernando Valley residents on Tuesday called for police to find whoever is responsible for deliberately trying to poison several neighborhood dogs.
Antoinette Franks said her Rottweiler named Frankie was poisoned last week with rat poison in a piece of meat in saran wrap that was tossed over a fence at her Encino home.
“I took him to the vet immediately,” Franks said. “They tested his blood and basically told me our dog was poisoned.”
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports Frankie was just the first pet on the block to fall violently ill.
Felice Catena said her Yorkie was also poisoned several months ago.
“I think there’s someone in this neighborhood who has real psychological problems,” said Catena.
Both dogs eventually recovered, but both Franks and Catena said they were initially turned away by a member of the LAPD when they went to report the incidents.
“He basically said, ‘If a child wasn’t poisoned, get outta here’,” said Franks.
Police said they are investigating claims that the report was not properly processed, and they have reportedly forwarded the animal poisoning complaints to their animal cruelty task force.