According to the San Francisco Chronicle, someone is leaving poisoned meatballs around San Francisco, apparently in an attempt to either poison pets or other animals.
The meatballs were placed in carports, behind stairwells, along curbs and in hedges and bushes - places they're more likely to be sniffed out by dogs than spotted by humans. These were incredibly well-hidden. The meatballs have been turned over to the San Francisco Police Department, which will analyze them to determine if they are poisonous.
"There's a high probability," said the Police Department. "They look very similar to the ones found last year."
Last July, a 7-year-old dachshund died and another dog was seriously sickened after eating meatballs the police believe were filled with strychnine. Police never located the person responsible for the deadly meatballs.
I do my best to be attentive when I am walking my dogs with their leashes (they are rarely walked off their leashes; only once in a while when going to the neighbor's house 3 doors down; they stick right by my side). Unfortunately, occasionally they will pick up something hidden in the grass and eat it before I can tell what it was.
How can the residents of San Francisco feel safe walking their pets when someone is apparently out to poison them?