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'Foreign item' potentially poisons dogs in Pflugerville, kills one

The Pflugerville Police Department is urging pet owners to be on alert after two dogs in the area were poisoned due to a strange item. (CBS Austin)

The Pflugerville Police Department is urging pet owners to be on alert after two dogs in the area were poisoned due to a strange item.

Police say on May 16th, neighbors living in the Creekside neighborhood discovered their dogs were consuming foreign items (not given by them) in their yard.

One neighbor reported his dog passed away as a result.

"People should be vigilant and aware. Check your yards. Any kind of food that they didn't provide their pet, anything that's suspicious in nature, report it to police," said Pflugerville police Sergeant Chet Vronka.

Vronka said this isn't a typical case for the criminal investigations division, but it's something the unit is taking very seriously.

"Because a dog is a family member to that person," Vronka said.

Now other pet owners in the neighborhood are taking extra steps when they let their dogs out.

"I go out when they go out. I walk the yard, watch them. If they start to sniff a spot I'll check it out," said Creekside resident and dog trainer Peter Corpus.

Creekside neighborhood association president Pat Pingleton said two different families were impacted and both live along a hike and bike trail.

"Their dog had a raw hide chew in the backyard that the family didn't give them so evidently it came over the fence and the homeowner spotted it and took it away," Pingelton said.

Until a suspect is identified, Creekside residents are concerned other dogs could be hurt.

"It makes me angry. It makes me very angry just because animals, they're not like children where you can teach them not to take something from a stranger. They're going to smell something and eat it," Pingleton said.

Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services encourages pet owners to take the following precautions:

  • Check your yard for any foreign objects
  • Save any foreign items you didn't provide for your dogs in case your dog exhibits any distress symptoms Symptoms of poisoning vary based on the type of poison. If you are concerned your animal has consumed a foreign object, please contact your veterinarian.

Pflugerville Police and Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services are now investigating these crimes and all evidence is being analyzed.

Chief Jessica Robledo asks homeowners to be aware of your surroundings, suspicious vehicles and persons, and call 512-670-5700 with any information related to this activity or email cidtips@pflugervilletx.gov.

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