Reward offered in poisoning of dogs

Ellis County Law Enforcement Center (KSN File Photo)

HAYS, Kansas – The strychnine poisonings of three dogs in northwest Kansas has prompted the Humane Society of the United States to offer a $5,000 reward for information in the deaths.

Two Labrador retrievers and a Chihuahua were found dead on Dec. 18 in a neighborhood west of Hays. All three dogs were outdoors when they ingested the poison.

“When I spoke to a group of veterinarians a few weeks ago, they were shocked they hadn’t seen strychnine poisoning ever in their career, and couldn’t understand where they could’ve gotten that concentration from,” said Midge Grinstead.

Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin says it’s still unknown if the poisonings were accidental or deliberate.

“We’re concerned about other possibilities, other animals or even children, getting into the poison if it is out in the open,” said Harbin

Harbin wants to make sure the source of the strychnine is found to make sure no other animals or people are harmed.

The sheriff says he hasn’t seen any animal poisonings before.

“We know there have been some suspicious activates with food being tossed over fences at times, but I don’t ever recall it being a poison case”

The Humane Society’s reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.

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