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Old 05-10-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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My dog was recently poisoned because a neighbor is lacing cans of cat food with rat poison and putting them in her front flowerbeds. She said she is trying to kill stray cats that are damaging her flowerbed. Unfortunately, our dog accidently escaped from our house and consumed a whole can of the cat food.

I'm concerned for the safety of my dog and others in the neighborhood. We are hearing mixed reports from the city and Animal Control about the legality of the situation. Animal Control says they can't do anything because it is on her personal property. City law states: "No person shall expose any known poisonous substance, whether mixed with food or not, so that the same may be attractive to any warm-blooded animal or human; except that it shall not be unlawful for a person to expose, on his own property or with permission of the property owner, commercially available rat poison or other pesticides appropriately placed in accordance with the labeling directions."

However, the rat poison is not being "appropriately placed in accordance with the labeling directions" because she is clearly trying to attract other animals. Do we have any legal grounds here? What should our next step be?

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Can you tell me what part of town this is occuring? The reason I ask is because we have had a very similiar experience in my neighborhood. My dog ended up dying after he managed to get out of the backyard, and we believe he was poisoned as he died shortly after.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Schertz, TX
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Your neighbor needs to be educated and seemingly has no regard for animal life... and perhaps not even human life considering young kids could conceivably get into the poisoned cat food.

Cats are in the flowerbed to do their business. There are means other than killing the poor things to discourage flowerbed use.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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We are on the NE side of town...1604 and O'Connor.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Your neighbor needs to be educated and seemingly has no regard for animal life... and perhaps not even human life considering young kids could conceivably get into the poisoned cat food.

Cats are in the flowerbed to do their business. There are means other than killing the poor things to discourage flowerbed use.
Yes, how horrible.

I had this problem and got great advise how to rid them from flower beds from this forum.. Cayenne pepper and or mothballs..

This person needs to be reported to animal cruelty division of S.A.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Wow. God forbid a house cat, that hangs outside during the day finds that stuff. We had plenty of cats that hang out during the day (and even wander in and out of neighbor's houses) and sleep inside at night. I guess if that were to happen, a house cat dying, she could be charged with animal cruelty?
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:23 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I understand the angst, and would personally love to have a personal discussion w/ANYONE that would do such a thing to an animal - especially since it puts others at risk. But let's also look at the presented, stated fact - that the OP had a dog that was roaming w/o a leash, and as a result got into the poison. Had they remained compliant with the law, it wouldn't have happened.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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I understand the angst, and would personally love to have a personal discussion w/ANYONE that would do such a thing to an animal - especially since it puts others at risk. But let's also look at the presented, stated fact - that the OP had a dog that was roaming w/o a leash, and as a result got into the poison. Had they remained compliant with the law, it wouldn't have happened.
The OP stated that the dog accidentally escaped the house. It doesn't seem like it was intentional for the OP to have the dog roaming without a leash.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Poisoning them is awful. I just use my .22lr rifle to shoot the strays. Prevents anything else from being harmed other than the cat.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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poisoning them is awful. I just use my .22lr rifle to shoot the strays. Prevents anything else from being harmed other than the cat.
that is just cruel> what is wrong with you?
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