The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced on Wednesday a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the strychnine poisoning deaths of three dogs in Ellis County.
According to the The Hays Daily News, two Labrador retrievers and one chihuahua died from ingesting the poison on Dec.18. The two Labs had accidentally escaped from their home. The chihuahua commonly explored the area. All of the dogs lived in the Prairie Acres development.
Midge Grinstead, the Kansas state director for the HSUS stated:
“This is a truly horrible crime. These dogs suffered immensely from the poison. Anyone who would kill helpless animals is not someone you want in your community. We hope that this reward will bring forward the information needed to seek justice for these dogs.”
Authorities suspect the poisonings were intentional. Strychnine is a common poison used to kill rats and other unwanted rodents. Symptoms can present within ten minutes to a few hours after ingestion of the poison. If not treated by a veterinarian immediately, death occurs as muscles involving respiration spasm causing strangulation.
If you have any information about these poisonings, please contact the Ellis Count Sheriff's Department at (785)-625-1040.
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