Placer Valley dog poisoned with antifreeze |

Placer Valley dog poisoned with antifreeze

PLACER VALLEY – James Breese is looking for clues surrounding the death of his 7-year-old dog, Jerry, who was poisoned with antifreeze, leaving behind two 6-week-old puppies.

Breese was in Denver Oct. 16 to be with his wife, who was giving birth to twins. He returned home from Denver Oct. 17 to find his dog “flopping around.” Breese said he checked his home for any poisons the dog might have found and, finding none, took the dog to the vet.

The vet detected crystals in the dog’s urine, which is indicative of antifreeze poisoning. Animals are attracted to the substance because it is sweet, but the chemical also causes kidney failure and sometimes death.

Breese sent his dog’s body to a lab to have an autopsy done to determine how much antifreeze it consumed.

Animals that have ingested antifreeze initially appear to be drunk – wobbly and uncoordinated – said Ed Hastain, a veterinarian with offices in Breckenridge and Fairplay. They should be treated immediately.

Many dogs were treated by area veterinarians in the summer of 2000 after eating meat they found at trailheads in Blue River. Some samples were found to have been tainted with antifreeze, but many more couldn’t be analyzed because of town of Blue River budget constraints. No one has been arrested in connection with those cases.

Anyone with information about Breese’s dog can call him at (719) 836-2099.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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