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Another suspected animal poisoning in The Lakes, HOA to issue urgent alert

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 02:09:30-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some pet owners in The Lakes community near Desert Inn and Fort Apache are concerned after the recent discovery of a dead bird near some seeds which appear to be identical to those used in a series of deadly pet poisonings earlier this year.

Pet owner Sean Cornwall says the discovery was made by a neighbor last Monday near a popular dog walking spot at Prize Lake Drive and Lake North Drive.

"Maybe he's just a serial animal killer, that would just kill anything he can," said Cornwall.

Cornwall says a bird carcass was found near seeds which look eerily similar to those he found in his backyard in March.

During that incident, the seeds were placed into meat and tossed into the yard.

Surveillance video shows his dogs consuming the meat.

His beloved dog Leia was killed and lab reports show strychnine poisoning as the cause.

"It's scary that he is still doing this," said Cornwall who believes the incidents are connected.

The homeowners association tells 13 Investigates they plan to issue a warning to residents later this week once the board approves.

Cornwall has launched a petition to boost the number of investigators at Las Vegas Police who handle animal cruelty cases in the meantime.

"I realize who badly understaffed the animal cruelty unit is for the whole city," said Cornwall.

"There's only two detectives," said Cornwall.

So far, there are no arrests and no suspects.

PETA has chipped in half of the nearly $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the animal poisonings.

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