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Las Vegas detectives seek tips in dog poisoning investigation

$25K reward offered for information
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Posted at 5:31 PM, Jan 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 13:34:35-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Detectives investigating multiple dog poisonings in western Las Vegas are asking for tips that could help them catch the perpetrator and bring them to justice.

The poisonings have all been reported in the 9500 block of Bottle Creek Lane, in the area of Fort Apache Road and Sahara Avenue.

Police say several dogs have been poisoned — at least one fatally.

Most recently, in October of 2021, dried meat mixed with seeds was thrown into the backyards of two homes and ingested by the owners' dogs. The dogs were treated and survived.

A similar incident was reported in March of 2019, where poisoned food was thrown into a backyard and sickened three dogs. One of the three dogs did not survive.

13 Investigates previously learned more incidents have been reported in the same area, dating back to 2015. Several other dog owners came forward and provided this approximate timeline:

  • 2015 — Three German Shepherds targeted with poisoned meat. One dog was rushed to a veterinarian and survived.
  • 2015 — The same German Shepherds are targeted; none of them consume the poisoned meat.
  • Nov. 7, 2015 — Two dogs — a pit bull and a chihuahua — are poisoned. Both suffer seizures. The pit bull survives; the chihuahua succumbs to the poison.
  • August 2018 — The same German Shepherds are targeted again; none of them consume the poisoned meat.
  • March 28, 2019 — Three Shih-Tzu dogs are targeted. All three suffer seizures; one of them succumbs to strychnine poisoning.
  • October of 2021 — Dogs ingest poisoned meat at two homes. They are treated and survive.
  • 13 Investigates learned of three other poisoning attempts near Ft. Apache and Desert Inn. One dog was killed.

The poisonings are under investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's animal cruelty unit. Anyone with information is urged to contact the unit at 702-828-3307 or email animalcruelty@lvmpd.com.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

A private donor is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the poisoner, police said.