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5 pets poisoned on Kauai; police investigating

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:10 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

LIHUE, Hawaii >> Authorities are investigating the poisoning deaths of five pets in a Kauai subdivision but say it's unclear whether they were intentional.

The four dogs and one cat were poisoned Jan. 25 in Kalaheo using paraquat, a highly toxic pesticide used to kill unwanted plants, state Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi said.

Kauai Humane Society field services supervisor Mana Brown said it's unknown if the restricted-use pesticide was being used on a yard or if the animals came across it somewhere else.

"We've never seen anything like this before that was of this magnitude," Brown told the Garden Island.

Only licensed applicators can buy and use paraquat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said the police department is working with the humane society to investigate.

Saneishi said the pets belonged to four separate owners, with two dogs belonging to one person. The animals came from within 10 houses of each other in the small South Shore neighborhood, Brown said.

An Agriculture Department inspector handed out flyers warning residents in neighboring communities to not let animals roam freely. "If you own a pet, please confine it to your property," the notice said.

Deliberate misuse of a pesticide is a violation of state pesticide law, which carries punishment of up to a year imprisonment, a $25,000 fine or both.

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akio wrote:
Here's a common sense suggestion for you idiots who let your dogs or cats roam your neighborhood freely. Keep them indoors or fenced in so that they don't go around pooping in everyone else's yard. I keep my animals in the house so that they don't bother my neighbors but I do have some idiot neighbors who let their dogs and cats out at night to go and poop all over the neighborhood.
on February 10,2014 | 03:59PM
sgsorensen wrote:
I am one of the owners who lost a dog to this criminal act. NONE of us let our dogs roam freely! They were all kept on leash when outside. Im tired of everyone assuming that these dogs roamed unsupervised. Maybe the trailer trash in your neighborhood do that, not in ours.
on February 11,2014 | 01:20PM
hikine wrote:
Was this in the same area where dogs roamed free and killing the birds from the sanctuary?
on February 10,2014 | 05:37PM
sgsorensen wrote:
on February 11,2014 | 06:10AM
sgsorensen wrote:
I am one of the owners who lost a dog in Kalaheo and NONE of us allowed our dogs to roam freely!!! Someone left the poison by the side of the road where we walked our dogs...ON LEASHES. This was intentional and I hope they find the sick person who did this.
on February 11,2014 | 06:05AM
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