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Pets Apparently Poisoned in Harnett Neighborhood

Posted October 4, 2007
Updated October 5, 2007

— More than 20 cats and dogs have apparently been poisoned in a Harnett County neighborhood, and pet owners are pleading for the killing to stop.

The pet deaths stretch over three years in the Fox Chase development, off U.S. 401 in the Kipling community, residents say, and most have been from antifreeze poisoning. The latest death happened only two day s ago.

Marcia Travers said Nightmare, a 150-pound male Rottweiler, used to lord over her yard on Allen Drive with his female twin, Amber. But on Tuesday, she noticed Nightmare was acting ill.

"He was real lethargic and losing his balance. He tripped and busted his chin wide open trying to come up the steps," Travers said.

She took Nightmare to the veterinarian, who said the dog had been poisoned, possibly with antifreeze.

Neighbor Mary Brown said she had 10 puppies who got violently ill and died in a similar way in April. She took the first two who got sick to her veterinarian, who said rat poison might have killed them.

"Within in 24 hours of that, I had eight more go down – boom, boom, boom," Brown said.

"This was the saddest thing you'll ever see, because these guys really cried while they were dying, because this was painful. They staggered around. It's horrid."

Residents said they have alerted the Harnett County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control. In an investigation two years ago, animal-control officers found traces of antifreeze and meat that had been thrown into someone's yard.

Authorities said they have no suspects in the case and need witnesses to come forward before they can make an arrest.

"They tell me no one can do anything without actually catching the person doing it," Travers said.

Authorities are asking Fox Chase residents to be vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity. Travers said she will be watching.

"I've gotten to the point where I think someone needs to take a stand in this neighborhood," she said.


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  • animalover Oct 7, 2007

    Humans,patches639, never cease to amaze me. I've never met you but I would bet my last dollar that you are without compassion in your life. It's people like patches that make me believe humans are the lowest form of species on this planet. I'm ashamed and saddened at the treatment towards all animals by people. To the freak that is poisoning these animals, you will face His wrath one day. I wished I could be there to see it.

  • patches639 Oct 5, 2007

    Dont let your animals roam and dont force your nieghbors to live next to a kennel ethier. Dont poison anything for sport.......TOO BAD NO ONE TAKES SIMPLE ADVICE HUH...Oh yeah HARNETT COUNTY its called LEASHLAW...MAKE IT HAPPEN AND ENFORCE IT...WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY..If i feel my family is in danger from your roaming pet I would personally rather poison you, but i guess Id settle for the dogs..be responsible, respectful and how about all this love you have for yor pets, how about just a likttle compation for your nieghbors REAL CHILDREN

  • lynddsy Oct 5, 2007

    i agree that security cameras would probably be the answer here. if every animal owner and even the ones that own any could put up security cameras you'll either catch them or it will stop due to the cameras. hope whoever is caught and put in jail. so sad.

  • clancy Oct 5, 2007

    My dogs are indoor dogs but of course go outside to play. I check the yard because I know there are nuts out there and I never let my dogs out of my sight. I agree that whoever is doing this; and it is probably a kid, will start on humans next. Killers usually start killing animals first and progress to humans. My dogs are my children and if anyone did this to them I would spend the rest of my life hunting them down and making sure they never did it again.

  • poohperson2000 Oct 5, 2007

    Just to clear the air.. I realize it did not say these pets were roming the neighborhood, there was just some conversation about how it is frustrating that this happens. I do not in anyway condone the harming of animals unless a person is in danger. I do not think animals, whether in their own yard or roaming the neighborhood should be harmed. Does this make everyone clear?? I do expect others to care for their animals and keep them in their yard or house. I expect them to put them on a leash when they are out in the open.

  • poohperson2000 Oct 5, 2007


    You learn to read, no one ever said that is how it happened it was just conversation that took place at the begining of the blog on how roaming pets are a frustration. Chill out..

  • Sthrnldy Oct 5, 2007


  • Akitalover Oct 5, 2007

    "network guy"- As I said earlier. Bring back the Old West. Ditto to your comments!

  • doodad Oct 5, 2007

    Spay or neuter your cats and dogs before they reach puberty and they will be less likely to ruin the plants in your yard or roam the neighborhood.

  • lawpirate is still around Oct 5, 2007

    poohperson, I do think pet owners should be responsible and I think most are. This story was about someone poisoning animals in a neighborhood, not irresponsible pet owners. My point is that we need to learn to get along with our neighbors - both the responsible and the irresponsible - and learn to work out differences in a civilized manner. Our society could seriously use some work on that.