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Poisoning of puppydescribed by owner

The symptoms begin with muscle cramping and soon culminate in powerful and agonizing convulsions that subside after a minute but recur at a touch, a noise, or some other minor stimulus.

Kidney failure may occur as a secondary effect of central nervous system toxicity. Death is usually due to asphyxiation resulting from continuous spasms of the respiratory muscles.



What symptoms do these belong to, you may be asking yourself? These are none other than the effects of strychnine poisoning. It is commonly used to kill nuisance gophers and moles but every once in awhile, you will get the sick person who feels the need to give it to the cherished family dog.

Unfortunately I bore the brunt of someone’s twisted pleasure this past weekend when my 9-month-old puppy was poisoned with what is appearing to be a classic case of strychnine poisoning.



I found her too late, but before she finally died in the backseat of my car on the way to the vet, I had to deal with seeing the tremors, the foaming at the mouth, the gran mal seizures and the instantaneous rigor mortis.

Having to watch my sweet little dog suffer and die in what could only be excruciating pain was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. The sorrow I feel for losing her this way battles with the intense anger I feel for whomever did this to her.

For those of us that knew her, she was known as Lucy, Lou, Lulu, Lucy Lou, Little Miss Lucy and Little Larry. She wasn’t your typical bird dog: She hated water, hated to be wet and hated the cold, which brought me to buy her a fleece hoodie with Good Dog embroidered on the back, despite the teasing I got for it.

I was surprised it wasn’t shredded in seconds. Lucy would prance around for hours in her jacket. And to my surprise, she did like to have the hood up over her head. She was a special, sweet, affectionate little girl who was the runt of the litter and had been abandoned with her siblings before I found her at a humane society.

For all you dog owners in Summit County, please beware. I would hate to have the same thing happen to your dog that happened to mine. It shouldn’t happen to anyone or their dog ever.

And for who did this, you know who you are. All I can say is “Karma baby, karma – it always comes back ten-fold.” And to my sweet little Lucy, you will be sorely missed by us all.

Mandy Ainsworth

Breckenridge


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