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Case ID: 19993
Classification: Poisoning
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Feb 3, 2014

County: Humboldt

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about the fatal poisoning of a Blue Lake resident's 10-year-old dog earlier this week.

The 39-year-old Larson Heights man reported the incident on Monday after his Labrador mix "Nyxo" died. The man found Nyxo having seizures and discovered he had vomited chunks of red meat after coming in from outside the night before, according to the sheriff's office.

The dog was immediately taken to the veterinarian, but could not be saved.

"We are attempting to find out if any other dogs in that area of Blue Lake have been poisoned," said Lt. Steve Knight. "Deputies and detectives have been going around to houses in the neighborhood, and no other dogs have been poisoned."

Nyxo's owner had UC Davis perform a necropsy, which determined that he died as the result of concentrated brodifacoum poisoning, an anticoagulant found in De-Con rat poison.

"The head toxicologist and pathologist at UC Davis has labeled this a malicious poisoning based on the reports from the necropsy, and the totality of what the owner said," Knight said.

Concentrated brodifacoum can be found in other forms than De-Con, and it can be purchased online in vials, according to Knight.

"Any animal or human that ingests this poison will experience a very cruel death," he said.

Knight said the office has not found anyone in the neighborhood using De-Con, and it is believed that the person specifically targeted this dog and this house. Knight said the owners do not know who would have poisoned Nyxo, and do not believe he ingested the poison accidentally.

The sheriff's office has asked anyone with information to call them at 707-445-7251 or the crime tip line at 707-268-2539.

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