The Washington Humane Society is conducting a criminal investigation into an allegation of dog poisoning near Logan Circle in Northwest D.C.
Area dog owners are concerned after someone reported on a neighborhood mailing list that their dog had been poisoned. The email alleges someone used pill pockets, meaty treats that help pets take medicine, to trick dogs into eating a harmful substance.
Washington Humane Society spokesperson Scott Giacoppo said the organization is in the midst of an investigation. He added that people should always be cautious while walking their dogs, whether or not the allegations are found to be true. Giacoppo recounted an incident when his own dog became very ill and had to go to the hospital after chewing on something in Rock Creek Park.
The Washington Humane Society was chartered by Congress in 1870 and has the authority to investigate acts of animal cruelty in the District.