Possible dog poisoning in Howley under investigation

Paul Hutchings
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Linda Hampton holds her dog, Zena, in her Howley home. Last weekend Hampton lost two dogs, puppies of Zena, to what she believes was poisoning. Police say they are still investigating and aren’t ready to state a cause of death yet.

HOWLEY — Deer Lake RCMP are investigating a possible case of animal poisoning after two dogs in Howley died recently.

The dogs belonged Linda Hampton, who said the canines’ ages were approximately nine and five years. Both males, one was discovered at a local store Dec. 20 alive but acting like it was unwell and unable to walk. The other, she said, ate something off the ground before the person walking it had time to pull it away, and died soon after.

Police say as the investigation is ongoing and couldn’t say for sure what the exact cause of death was.

But symptoms described by Hampton reveal that some kind of poisonous substance could have been used. The dogs were shaking, she said, and were experiencing anal bleeding, as well as bleeding from the mouth.

Although the investigation is far from over, Hampton said she believes her dogs — both Pekingese mixed — were poisoned on purpose. She admits her faith in humanity is shaken.

“I don’t know how someone could do this to an animal,” she said. “We loved those dogs.”

Hampton said it’s not the first time losing a dog in such a manner. About 20 years ago a dog she owned died after drinking some anti-freeze.

The police were scheduled to pick up the animal carcasses either Monday or Tuesday. Hampton said she has family coming in for Christmas, grandchildren who would have wanted to play with the dogs, but now they’ll have two less.

They still have one dog, which is actually the mother of the two that died.

“We’ve been looking up the symptoms online, and from what we’re seeing it could have been rat poisoning,” she said. “We’ll just have to wait and see what the police say.”

The RCMP said they will continue the investigation and if they make an arrest, that person could be charged with animal cruelty offences.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Howley, Deer Lake RCMP

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