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Monday, February 24, 2014

Pet Owners Be Warned: More Poisonous Meatballs Found in San Francisco (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 7:44 AM


Update 4 p.m.: It appears more suspicious meatballs have been found in another neighborhood across the city. According to police, four more meatballs were discovered on the sidewalk near 855 La Playa St. in the city's Richmond District last night. Police are still trying to confirm whether the meat snacks are in fact laced with poison.

Original Story 7:44 a.m.:Police are warning San Francisco dog owners to keep a watchful eye on their pooch after police found nearly two dozen poisonous meatballs over the weekend, the same kind that killed one dog last summer.

San Francisco Animal Control Officers spent about four hours Saturday morning scouring a Twin Peaks neighborhood looking for poisoned meatballs that they believe are intentionally left in areas dogs are known to frequent. The goal seems clear: to sicken or kill the pups.

During their weekend search, police found 21 poisonous meatballs that appear very similar to the strychnine-laced meatballs found last summer in the same location.

"The meatballs were well-hidden in bushes and shrubbery, and the highest concentration were found in the vicinity of Crestline Drive and Parkridge Drive," says Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the ACC.

Unfortunately, police aren't 100 percent sure they have recovered all the laced meatballs, thus, ACC spent the rest of the weekend posting flyers in the neighborhood, warning pet owners to be on the lookout for the meaty treats.

As far as the ACC knows, no animals have been sickened by the meatballs.

Until they can get this meatball situation under control, police are asking pet owners to keep their cats indoors and walk their dogs on a short leash. Keep the pups away from bushes and shrubbery -- where the majority of meatballs have been found.

Last July, police discovered hundreds of laced meatballs in the Twin peaks and Diamond Heights neighborhoods. Those contained enough strychnine to potentially kill a human. Sadly, a dachshund named Oskar devoured a meatball and died.

If anyone has information that could help the investigation, they are encouraged to call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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