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Reward offered for information about rat poisoned meatballs at Boulder park

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A reward of $3,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit responsible for placing meatballs laced with rat poisoning in Gunbarrel Park in Boulder County, Colo. reported the

On Monday evening, a dog owner called authorities stating her six-month-old puppy had eaten something suspicious at the Gunbarrel Park located at 5150 Buckingham Road. Describing the food as looking like a meatball with green chunks, the puppy was immediately taken to the veterinarian hospital where he was administered medication to make him vomit.

Two more dogs also were suspected of ingesting similar looking meatballs. Veterinarians confirmed the substance was rat poison.

Since then a total of eight toxic meatballs have been found. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office has no suspects, but have sent the substances to be DNA tested. Results are due back next week.

Pet owners are being warned to keep a close watch on their dogs, and if their pets show any signs of illness displaying lethargy, decreased appetite, difficulty breathing, bleeding, or fever to immediately take their dog to a veterinarian for treatment. Symptoms of rat poisoning may not show up for a few days.

In March, several dogs in Topeka were poisoned with rat poisoning; one dog died. Dog owners reported a suspicious white van. The culprit has not been apprehended.

If you have any information about this heinous deed, please call the Boulder County Sheriff's Office at (303)-441-4444.

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