UPDATE: Boston Police investigating alleged Southie dog poisonings

A man walks his dog in Farragut Park in South Boston.
NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Boston Police said today they are investigating rumors that someone has been slipping rat poisoning to dogs in South Boston.

“We are looking into it. We are sending detectives to talk to neighbors, but part of the problem is that no one has made a complaint to us, which is odd. Folks need to report it to us if something is going on,” said Cheryl Fiandaca, a Boston Police spokeswoman.

Rumors started swirling yesterday that Southie pet owners should keep an eye on what their pets are eating while outside, because someone has been poisoning food and throwing them into yards on N Street and Farragut Park.

The Baldner family, of N Street, told WHDH-TV that they found cheese with rat poison in it and that the it made their dogs so sick that they had to be put down.

Calls to the Baldern’s have not yet been returned.

“It’s tragic. Most of my customers come from the South End or Southie, and we are certainly concerned for every dog not just our customers. It is so disheartening thinking that someone is out there doing this,” Jane Fulton, owner of Fenway Bark, an overnight pet hotel in Boston.

Police arrested a landscaper in September for allegedly spreading anti-freeze laced hot dogs on a lawn to poison dogs in Charlestown.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Spokesman Rob Halpin said that while there are rare instances of people intentionally poisoning animals, it is not uncommon for pets to eat chemicals that were left for rodents.

“We don’t see it as a trend of deliberately poisoning animals, but this seems to be a disturbing and isolated incident that the animal welfare world hopes should never happen,” Haplin said, adding that the MSPCA was not investigating the Southie reports, but that the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s law enforcement team was.

Metro’s calls to the league have not yet been returned.

Regardless of whether rat poisoning has been strewn around the neighborhood with the intention of hurting pets, or eradicating rats, Halpin suggests pet owners keep their dogs indoors, or a close eye on them while outside.

“It is very important to stay vigilant, but not a time to panic,” he said.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.