Poisoned dogs left at animal shelter

Two poisoned dogs were left at the Cayman Islands Humane Society animal shelter last week.

Surveillance video caught a man approaching the animal shelter at approximately 4.30am on 7 May. The man was coming from the direction behind Arch Automotive with three dogs. He then tied two of the canines to the front door, before walking back in the same direction with one dog in toe, still on a leash.

By the time staff arrived at the facility in the morning, one of the animals left by the man had already deceased and the other was immediately rushed to the Island Veterinary Services, where it was eventually euthanized.

Officials at the Humane Society say they were advised by authorities at Island Vet that the dogs had been victims of paraquat poisoning, adding that they had recently seen other cases in the Walker’s Road area and Newlands.

The Humane Society is appealing to the public to come forward if they know anything about Thursday morning’s events or the apparent outbreak of these types of poisonings in the community. Staffs at the animal care facility say they are also eager to speak with the person who brought the dogs to the shelter, as everyone is keen to know where they came from.

Currently, Intel Sec, the security company overseeing surveillance at the Humane Society is doing everything possible to help identify the man or get a photograph that can be used. Officials say it is likely the animals were sick and he could not provide medical care for them. They say he probably felt he could leave them at the shelter and they would be taken care of.

President of the Humane Society Carolyn Parker said she was appealing to the public to keep their dogs in the yard or house and be extra careful.

‘It is important that people stay vigilant and keep pets in the yard or inside the house. We don’t know the exact nature or location of the threat,’ she said. ‘That is why we are appealing to the individual that brought the dogs to come forward so we can make a determination if this is an isolated incident or part of what may be a larger problem.’

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