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UPDATE: Cranbrook vet, RCMP cautioning public about suspected dog poisonings

RCMP are unsure whether the substance is man-made or natural
Steeples Vet Clinic is warning the public about a suspected dog poisoning in the gold creek area, pictured. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

Steeples Veterinary Clinic is cautioning the public, and more specifically dog owners, to be cautious around the Gold Creek area and the rock quarry on Hidden Valley Road.

In a Facebook post, Steeples explained that they have “suspicious cases of suspected poisonings” from dogs that have visited this area.

“We don’t have any other information at this time, but we currently have an open investigation with the RCMP,” said Steeples Vet Clinic in their online post. “If you see your dog ingest something suspicious while out walking please call your veterinarian right away.”

When contacted, Steeples Vet Clinic explained that they have no further information to add.

Cpl. Mitch Mercier with the Cranbrook RCMP detachment says that they have an investigation open and are looking to determine what kind of substance the dogs ingested. He confirmed that several dogs have been suspected of eating something poisonous in the area of the Gold Creek trails and Hidden Valley Road.

“We’re not sure if it’s a natural substance or man-made, so we are looking to determine that,” Mercier explained. “We’ve got our general members as well as the police dog service investigating.”

He says that the detachment has also re-opened files from previous years, where dogs were found to be poisoned in the Gold Creek area as well as the Cranbrook Community Forest.

“We’re looking at those files as well,” he said. “”We’re also working with the vet clinics to determine what these dogs got into.”

He echoed the vet’s advice, to be cautious and keep your dog(s) close.

“We want to let people know, to be mindful of where their pets are and if they are eating anything aside from their normal food,” said Mercier. “Keep them on a leash, and under control.”

He says that anyone with any information is encouraged to call the RCMP at 250-489-3471 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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