Carlsbad police investigate series of possible dog poisonings

New Mexico

Officers in one New Mexico town are investigating the suspicious deaths of six dogs. They suspect they may have been poisoned.

People who live in west Carlsbad don’t think it’s a coincidence their dogs all died suddenly within weeks of each other.

“They weren’t just my dogs, but they were my kids’ dogs and that’s probably what hurts the most,” said Stephanie Lopez.

Lopez’s family lost three of their dogs: Kiara and Chapo died on the same day, and Faith weeks later. She said there was blood coming from two of the dogs’ mouths.

“I felt pretty angry and sad,” said Rylin Lopez.

Seven-year-old Rylin was inconsolable.

“It was a couple weeks before my birthday my German Shepherd and the Chihuahua died, so, it’s pretty much a lot to handle,” he said.

They weren’t the only ones. Six dogs died in all, at four different homes. In at least a half dozen cases, vets and Animal Control suspect the pets were poisoned.

“I couldn’t even believe that somebody would do that to an animal, you know, especially a dog that doesn’t bother anybody,” said Lopez.

Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Clayton Ballard watched his English Springer Spaniel, “Honey,” die in a horrific way. He said she went into seizures and convulsions.

“She spent her last few hours in in continual pain and misery, unable to even lift her own head,” said Ballard.

The dogs’ owners say this person needs to be caught soon.

“I really hope they catch whoever did this to our babies,” said Lopez.

“I would hope that they understand…these aren’t just pets that they’re killing,” said Ballard. “There were times in my life when the only thing that kept me going, that gave me the strength to move on, was the thought that if something happened to me…who’s going to take care of my dog?”

Ballard’s other dogs also showed symptoms of poisoning, but survived.

Investigators are asking any other potential victims to come forward.

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