The animal control division of the Rolla Police Department is investigating unconfirmed reports of cats and dogs suspected of being poisoned as well other reports of animals being shot.
Animal Control Manager John Redshaw said Monday he has received at least three reports from pet owners of dogs and cats getting into poison in the last week and a half.
“We don’t know for sure, but we’ve had people take their pets to veterinarians and the vets have suspected ... there’s no concrete evidence,” Redshaw said.
Veterinarians would make the final determination as to whether a pet had been poisoned or not, Redshaw said.
The Rolla Animal Shelter posted Monday on its Facebook page: “Earlier this morning, we had another report of two family pets that were possibly poisoned. The pets were transported to a local veterinarian where one of the pets had died ... We also have reports of dogs and cats being shot with pellet guns and/or air rifles.”
Redshaw said if anyone has any information pertaining to animals being poisoned or shot “or anything out of the ordinary,” they should contact the animal control division, which will investigate the reports.
People may call 573-364-6995 to speak with someone about animals suspected of being poisoned or shot.
Redshaw said in some of the reports of pets being poisoned, the animals were loose. He reminded pet owners to keep their dogs and cats secure.
He also reminded pet owners to not leave antifreeze, rat poison or other dangerous chemicals around where pets can get at them.
“They’re attracted to them and it tastes sweet to them,” Redshaw said of some of the chemicals, like antifreeze.