ANIMAL CRUELTY TASK FORCE WARNS AGAINST POSSIBLE POISONING

ANIMAL CRUELTY TASK FORCE WARNS AGAINST POSSIBLE POISONING

The Animal Cruelty Task Force of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department is asking pet owners to be proactive and minimize the chances that their pets could be exposed to something dangerous – or even lethal.

After receiving a report of a series of possible poisoning cases near Anthony, the task force and sheriff’s department veterinarian Dr. Patricia Freeser issued some life-saving measures pet owners should take in the event they suspect a pet may have been poisoned:

1. Take your animal to a veterinarian immediately. Both Las Cruces and El Paso have emergency vet clinics with after-hours care.
2. Inform the veterinary clinic you suspect poisoning so they can run appropriate laboratory tests and collect any evidence. The animal owner will need to authorize the veterinarian to release the information to law enforcement.
3. Secure the area in which their animal was present so that no other animal is exposed to potential poison sources, including tainted food, treats, deceased rodents, vomit, etc.
4. Once the animal has been transported to the veterinary clinic, have the clinic preserve any vomit or suspicious material, for subsequent delivery to law enforcement.
5. Have all copies of your pet’s medical records available for review.

Pet owners should also contact Doña Ana County Animal Control (526-0795) to report all suspected poisoning cases.