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Two dogs poisoned in Centreville

Matt Zapotosky

Two dogs died after apparently ingesting a toxic substance in a Centreville neighborhood Wednesday, and police believe their homes may have been “targeted” by someone who put meatballs containing the substance in their yards, authorities said.

Fairfax County animal control officers were called to the 15100 block of Olddale Road about 5 p.m. Wednesday for the report of two dead dogs from separate homes. Investigators determined the dogs, a five-month-old pit bull puppy and an adult West Highland terrier, had “ingested something that resembles a meatball with what we believe at this point to contain some unidentified toxic substance,” said Officer Don Gotthardt, a Fairfax County police spokesman.

A Bichon also lived in the home with the pit bull and was taken to a veterinarian for precautionary reasons, Gotthardt said. He said the dog was determined to be OK.

The two houses where dogs were killed sit across the street from each other, and police believe they were “likely targeted,” Gotthardt said. Police said in a news released they also found meatballs at a third house. Gotthardt said investigators were exploring whether the dog owners had any disputes with others in the neighborhood over their animals, but “at this point, I know of no such disputes or confrontations.” Gotthardt said other dog owners in the area should be vigilant for any suspicious activity.

Gotthardt said the meatball-like substance had been collected and sent to a lab to be tested. He said necropsies would also be performed on the dogs.

Animal control officers were canvassing the area on Thursday, looking for suspicious activity and other evidence, Gotthardt said. He said officers had no suspects.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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I hope they catch whoever did this and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, in most places, pets are considered property and not more, but to some of us pet owners, pets are like children and as one owner said,"it's murder." I agree and I feel so sad for them. It's always sad to lose a pet, but under these circumstances, even worse.

Posted by: purplemuse | May 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the posting of purplemuse. I hope whoever did this is found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Whoever did this is a sick person.

Posted by: spauldi | May 28, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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