Heads Up Logan Circle Dog Owners – Someone’s Dropping “Pill Pockets”

pill pockets

A reader forwards the following email:

Sorry for the mass email here, but I just received a message from one of our clients in the Logan Circle area, alerting us to the fact that someone is dropping contaminated “Pill Pockets” (these are a malleable beef flavored treats that one uses to envelope medicine for dogs and cats) stuffed with some sort of poison, on the grounds of Logan Circle. Because the Pill Pockets smell like a meaty flavored treat, the dogs have been devouring them, causing them to get sick, and sadly one dog died from the yet to be identified toxin. (I am doing more research to follow up on this thread to see what additional information may be coming in on the subject.) I’ve attached an image of the cat version of Pill Pockets, so you can see what they look like. The dog version are the same basic idea, only a little larger.

I wanted to forward this info ASAP to all of our staff members and clients, even beyond the Logan Circle neighborhood, as I heard about this happening in two different areas of Northern Virginia last year. Scary stuff!

Please be careful out there, and keep an eye out for any suspicious treats, food, etc., on the ground in various locations that allow dogs! I will follow up with any additional details that may surface, and please keep us posted if you hear of anything, as well. I am going to contact the folks at the Humane Society now, and ask to whom we should report any accounts that may arise. Be safe!

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  • WTH? Some people are pure evil. I hope they catch the perp and punish s/he to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Oh my goodness, that is terrible!

  • I alerted my dog walker, who said it is indeed true – it’s apparently tylonol. She said WashHumane is “on it”, FWIW.

    Short leash your pups. And when you see these pill pockets, toss them and perhaps report here where you found them? This can help us map out the area they are found at AND help WashHumane track where they are found.

    • Would one pill of tylenol kill a dog? Is tylenol toxic to dogs?

      • From the Shaw Dogs listserve, it seems that there was more than one Tylenol: The vets at Friendship Hospital recovered pills totaling 22,000 milligrams.

        • homerule: Can you post the full message from the Shaw Dogs listserv that contains the reference to vets recovering pills? Were these pills recovered from a pet’s stomach? When did this happen? Have the pet’s owners reported the incident in any public forum other than via email? Thanks!

          • Here’s the original email:

            Hi Group,
            > >
            > > My black lab has been in the hospital since last Thursday after having
            > > ingested acetaminophen during her midday walk. It is unclear why or how
            > > this happened since I was at work. The vets at Friendship Hospital
            > > recovered pills totaling 22,000 milligrams. More frightening is the fact
            > > the medication was in pill pockets. I live in a Condo, there is no yard
            > > that the perpetrator could have thrown pills into. Our lab had to pick
            > > this up on her midday walk through N Street, Vermont Ave, 13th Street, and
            > > Logan Circle.
            > >
            > > Fortunately, she threw up most of the medication at Friendship Thursday
            > > evening and is expected to recover. Our little girl has spent the last
            > > week going through ups and downs each day, solving one issue then another
            > > one surfaces, and a blood transfusion. It will be another 2 days before we
            > > can finally bring her home. We are so thankful that she is going to pull
            > > through.
            > >
            > > The MPD informed me that I cannot file a police report because the dog is
            > > considered property under DC law and we don’t have a witness to the crime.
            > > I’m beside myself on the logic, but that is a fight for another day.
            > >
            > > It has certainly been an extremely expensive lesson for my family, and
            > > heartbreaking that our docile lab was subjected to such a dastardly dead.
            > >
            > > I hope this post will alert owners to the incident and remind us of the
            > > importance of keeping a close eye on our four-legged friends as they are
            > > out and about.
            > >
            > > Best to all,

      • The toxic level is reached at 75mg of tylenol per 1kg of dog. 1lb=roughly .45kg. So a 90lb dog could have four extra stength capsules (500mg) and be ok. A small dog could be in danger with just one. For 22,000mg, that’s 44 extra stength pills so it sounds like someone took an almost full bottle.

      • Depends on the size of the dog. It causes major kidney/liver damage in canines!

      • Tylenol is very toxic to dogs

  • WHAT. THE. F.

  • A special place in hell for whoever is doing this…

  • Wow. Whoever is dropping these is a psychopath. This person needs to be off the streets immediately.

  • this is vicious and horrible. sad to hear that someone is this bored and depraved

  • Cruel and unusual who would invest in something so sinister? Just rude. My bestie is a new dog walker, it would destroy him if something happened to any of the dogs on his watch.

  • Since I live in this neighborhood and have a puppy (and puppies like to eat everything), this is really worrisome. We have been watching him like a hawk since we found out about this.

    It’s sad and awful. Also: the initial (incorrect) reaction by the MPD was that dogs were possessions and the owner of the dog who ate it (and has been in hospital at the vet for a week) couldn’t file a report.

  • These are the initial actions of a serial killer. Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and others all started killing or torturing animals , mostly dogs. The perpetrator needs to be found before this behavior escalates to humans, hopefully he will be found quickly and dealt with either in the mental hospital or prisons.

    • This person needs to be found before *any* more innocent lives – human or otherwise – are lost.

  • I would suggest to identify where their being located…my initial though would be it’s someone who is tired of dogs peeing and pooing on/in their lawn/treeboxes/sidewalk/neighborhood….probably an old woman.

    really F’d up.

    • Most of the old ladies in the neighborhood have dogs. Try again.

    • Seems the only thing one might impute is that whoever is doing this has some kind of psychosis about dogs. Maybe it’s a hatred toward pee/poop, maybe it’s a total schizophrenic break that involves hearing dogs speaking with the voice of the devil. Why do you leap to the assumption the person is old and a female? Not helpful, Encyclopedia Brown.

    • Thanks for your super insightful and almost certainly correct speculation, detective.

  • I’ve shared this post with the dog people I know. How scary and shitty.

  • ledroittiger

    I hope I find this person before the police do.

  • You can’t fit that many pills in one of those things. I’m skeptical about this report.

    • I think you could fit several tablets inside one of the ones for “large” dogs and a dog could easily gobble down a bunch of pill pockets before walker realized something was up.

    • I was just at CityPaws vet and they verified this story as true. Please please be cautious with your pets and let other people know.

      • Unless it’s verified by the police, then I doubt that a poisoning occured. I mean, my dog just chewed up a Barbie. I can see how a dog would consume a low-lying tylenol bottle.

        Alternatively, maybe somebody was transporting a dog for the weekend, and prepared some of those pill packs, but they dropped them on the way. Dogs will literally eat horse crap, so I don’t know why you’d spend the money on those pricey pill packs ($8 at the vet) if you planned on poisoning dogs. Why not use something more mundane and cheaper like lunchmeat. And, if you were intent on poisoning, why not use poison itself rather than a drug that is only poisonous in an overdose.

        • “And, if you were intent on poisoning, why not use poison itself rather than a drug that is only poisonous in an overdose.” It’s poisonous only in an overdose FOR HUMANS. Acetaminophen (the ingredient in Tylenol) is not supposed to be consumed by pets at any time.

          http://www.homewardtrails.org/resources/pets/dangerous-items-for-pets/

          • rat poison’s cheaper, though. I’m just saying as a poison, there are other more obvious options.

          • Yeah, but maybe this is a weirdo with a fat bank account.

          • Rat poison is not necessarily poisonous to dogs. My dog found an old thing of rat poison when we moved into a new house, and Poison Control told me that it’s generally safe for dogs (but roach poison is not).

        • “Unless it’s verified by the police, then I doubt that a poisoning occured.” Given everything we’ve been reading about the D.C. police on PoPville these past few days, I don’t think we can necessarily assume that “no police confirmation” equals “no incident.”

          • Emilie504

            Exactly. Seems like the police don’t like paper work. On the other hand, vets like to keep animals healthy and I don’t think making up rumors like this would help that cause.

  • justinbc

    And just when I thought there couldn’t be a bigger douchebag in DC than Spike Mendelsohn…

  • you should provide more information.. like the sender’s name. or a police report or infiormation sent by police via the neighborhood listserves….. a quick google search only found your blog post referenced. sorry to be a doubter… but I doubt this is true. I also found a posting in the ADams Morgan listserve from Puppy Love Pet Sitters, Inc. Spreading unconfirmed rumors is bad journalism.

  • This is so sick. Going to share to my clients, too.

  • I just called Friendship Animal hospital and they said that they are “not making comments available to the media” about this matter. I told them that I am a resident in the Logan Circle area and a client and dog owner just looking for safety information, but she said that was their policy on this matter. Read into that whatever you will.

    The report that I saw was pretty specific as to where (logan circle, near 13th and N streets) and what happened, but was only signed with a first name and the original email address was not included.

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From:
    Date: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM
    Subject: [Shaw Dogs] Digest Number 749
    To: DogOwnersofGreaterShaw@yahoogroups.com

    There are 2 messages in this issue.

    Topics in this digest:

    1a. Re: Dog Poisoned in Logan Circle Area
    From: Bradley Scarborough
    1b. Re: Dog Poisoned in Logan Circle Area
    From: ridgebacksindc

    Messages
    ________________________________________________________________________
    1a. Re: Dog Poisoned in Logan Circle Area

    Thank you for the information Mark! We will make sure the notice gets
    out. We wish your dog a speedy recovery.

    On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM, logancircledogs wrote:

    > **
    >
    >
    > Hi Group,
    >
    > My black lab has been in the hospital since last Thursday after having
    > ingested acetaminophen during her midday walk. It is unclear why or how
    > this happened since I was at work. The vets at Friendship Hospital
    > recovered pills totaling 22,000 milligrams. More frightening is the fact
    > the medication was in pill pockets. I live in a Condo, there is no yard
    > that the perpetrator could have thrown pills into. Our lab had to pick
    > this up on her midday walk through N Street, Vermont Ave, 13th Street, and
    > Logan Circle.
    >
    > Fortunately, she threw up most of the medication at Friendship Thursday
    > evening and is expected to recover. Our little girl has spent the last
    > week going through ups and downs each day, solving one issue then another
    > one surfaces, and a blood transfusion. It will be another 2 days before we
    > can finally bring her home. We are so thankful that she is going to pull
    > through.
    >
    > The MPD informed me that I cannot file a police report because the dog is
    > considered property under DC law and we don’t have a witness to the crime.
    > I’m beside myself on the logic, but that is a fight for another day.
    >
    > It has certainly been an extremely expensive lesson for my family, and
    > heartbreaking that our docile lab was subjected to such a dastardly dead.
    >
    > I hope this post will alert owners to the incident and remind us of the
    > importance of keeping a close eye on our four-legged friends as they are
    > out and about.
    >
    > Best to all,
    > Mark
    >
    >
    >

  • This is beyond sick…thank you for posting…I live in Logan Circle and will help spread the word…

  • This is so disgusting! I cannot fathom the maliciousness that someone possesses to do this. So very, very sad. Sheer cruelty to impose upon a innocent pet & their family. I’ve heard something similar. Nails wrapped in treats. Please be aware of what your pet is interested in & eats out in public!

  • I ran into an officer from Washington Humane at Logan Circle just this afternoon who advised me of this. He was checking the grounds (pretty difficult to do, to find brownish or yellowish lumps on the ground of Logan Circle at best, but give him credit for trying). I’m upset to hear that Vermont and N Sts. are also involved, this is all right where we walk our dogs, and they are always hot for anything they can gobble off the ground before I can stop them. Crap.

  • Hey, I’m the Manager of Puppy Love – the one who received info from one of my clients that his neighbor’s dog had been affected by this incident. I wrote this email to all of my staffers, clients, the Humane Society, other rescue leagues and pet sitting companies, just to warn them that something dangerous *might have been spread* in that park. (Someone else then forwarded my message on to this blog, and the Adams Morgan listserve.) My intent was simply to warn people about any potential dangers to their animals, in the same way that I forward on pet food recalls, or complications from certain pet care products, etc. I spoke to an Officer at the Humane Society, and NPR called me directly saying that they have evidence that it is “true.” My intention to keep animals safe trumped any desire to wait for “two confirmed sources” – as with these issues, it is better to err on the side of prevention and caution – just in case… I’m kind of surprised that people would claim that I am “spreading unconfirmed lies,” etc. I simply wanted to keep dogs safe, in the event that it was true. Isn’t that what any compassionate person would do?

  • So sad our country has really changed in a horrific way!!

  • Thank you very much for sharing this information! Will forward this to everyone I know.

  • Last weekend my dog threw up 2 pills that looked like they had been wrapped in food. They were red and blue. I called poison control and they told me to give him plenty if water and if he threw up any more to take him to the vet. Thank god that was it. I assumed another pet owner was medicating their dog and dropped them. I was walking my dog in Logan Circle earlier that day, so after reading this I am so grateful my dog is ok. Everyone be please be vigilant with your dogs.

  • Saw about 2 yrs ago broken glass mixed with kibble on the sidewalk in MVT. Sick people out there who hate dogs.

  • Why did WHS issue a statement that none of this is true?????

    • That’s not what they said. Go read their media statement,

    • probably because it is not true. which would be obvious to you if you thought about what is claimed to have happened (dog somehow finds and eats 44 pill pockets on a walk in the park, without the owner noticing, and without other dog owners making similar reports) vs. what obviously actually happened (dog found and ate bottle of tylenol)

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