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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2005County: Sarpy
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Investigators in Bellevue believe someone soaked some meat in antifreeze, then fed it to one family's dogs, who later died.
Margi McCormick said her huskies needed to go out early on the morning of Nov 1, and when the family let the dogs back in, the dogs were very sick.
"I woke up 6 or 6:30 to the sound of a dog thumping on the floor," McCormick said.
McCormick said she had never heard 10-year-old Dakota sound like that before.
"She couldn't move. She wet herself -- vomited up turkey or chicken," McCormick said.
She rushed the dog to the veterinarian, where it was the diagnosed with antifreeze poisoning. Dakota's kidneys were shutting down. McCormick made the decision to put her to sleep.
When McCormick and co-owner Jess Karch got home, 7-year-old husky Cheyenne had the same problem.
"She looked horrible and she was shutting down, too. He diagnosed it and said she had a good portion of antifreeze in her," McCormick said.
Within a few hours, both of the family's beloved dogs were dead.
McCormick and Karch said their dogs were friendly and never loud. The family said they've never had problems with their neighbors, and everyone seemed to really like their dogs.
The Humane Society stated they had no complaints about the dogs. Investigators said they were surprised to find a baggie torn into by the dogs with remnants of food still inside. They believe someone marinated the chicken or turkey in antifreeze, cooked it, then gave it to Dakota and Cheyenne.
"We were crushed," said Karch. "I don't remember feeling any worse when my grandmother passed away. I feel worse."
The Bellevue Police Department and the Nebraska Humane Society are investigating who killed the dogs. They took the baggie into evidence on Nov 2.
Whoever poisoned the dogs could face an animal cruelty charge, or a charge of destruction of property.
- KETV - Nov 3, 2005
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