Halton police investigating alleged dog poisonings in Oakville

News Jun 05, 2015 by David Lea Oakville Beaver

An Oakville woman is calling for action after her seven-year-old Labrador retriever, Maggie, and several other dogs were allegedly poisoned in the vicinity of their 1270 Gainsborough Dr. townhouse complex.

Since March, Victoria Raykoff said seven dogs have been stricken with similar symptoms of vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite, including four in the last few weeks.

Three of the dogs died.

Raykoff said Maggie became ill on May 25.

“Last Monday we noticed she was acting a bit lethargic and we thought it was because it was hotter and maybe the heat was affecting her,” said Raykoff.

“Then we noticed when she was sleeping she had labored breathing. She stopped eating on Wednesday.”

Raykoff took Maggie to a veterinarian where blood work showed the dog to be suffering from severe liver damage.

Since Monday (June 1) she has been at Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital on Bristol Circle where her condition has steadily deteriorated.

“They transferred her to the ICU yesterday. Her condition has been downgraded from guarded to poor, which is one above grave,” said Raykoff.

“I’m not giving up hope yet.”

To make matters worse Raykoff said her sister Jennifer’s dog Bailey, who also lives at the townhouse complex, became ill last week.

Bailey was also rushed to Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital with symptoms of vomiting and lack of appetite, but has since recovered.

Raykoff said she soon learned that two weeks earlier her neighbour’s dog had become severely ill while another complex resident’s dog had died that very week.

While nothing has been proven, Raykoff and others are blaming green pellets; they believe to be rat poison that appeared in outdoor common areas of the townhouse complex.

Nathan Atkin, property manager for 1270 Gainsborough Dr., said he became aware of the alleged dog poisonings on May 28, a few days after Maggie became sick.

He said the company’s pest control firm was brought to the site to carry out an inspection, but found nothing.

From descriptions provided by residents, Atkin said the pest control firm concluded what they had seen was a product typically used as a rat poison.

“It’s actually an anti-coagulant that contains a chemical called Bromadiolone. That’s really the active ingredient that has made these pets sick apparently. If they have consumed that, it prevents clotting and can cause death if not treated quick enough,” said Atkin.

Atkin said several residents told him the substance was in a specific backyard of the complex.

He said his pest control firm voiced concerns squirrels and other animals might have distributed it throughout the area.

Atkin said he called the police to the area and they have begun an investigation.

Officers confirmed poison was found at the site and that it was in a common area of the complex.

“It appears someone was trying to take a pest control issue into their own hands and put some out in a bowl,” said Sgt. Chantal Corner, Halton police public affairs officer.

“It was all cleaned up in a day.”

Corner initially said the incident was not deemed malicious in nature, but later noted that the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate.

She also said the condo corporation at 1270 Gainsborough Dr., has disseminated information advising people that they cannot carry out their own pest control.

Atkin said all residents within the complex were informed about what had happened and told to be vigilant with their pets and children.

He said residents were provided with a description of the product and told to contact the management office immediately if they see it.

Raykoff, who has two small children, said she is disgusted someone would put out poison so carelessly.

“There are so many pets in the complex as well as small children. We don’t know what poisons are being put out. There is the real potential for harm to come to our children who are always playing all over the property,” she said.

“We want to get the word out about this and let people know it is going on. We want them to be on guard and watch their children and their pets for any symptoms that might come up. It has been a very fast acting type of poison. My dog went downhill very quickly. If you are not on top it if they won’t survive.”

Raykoff has set up a gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/w8jya8 to help neighbours impacted by this incident pay for their veterinary bills.

She said pet insurance would cover the bulk of her bills, which so far are approaching $9,000.

Raykoff said she has had Maggie since she was a puppy and noted her condition has hit her family hard particularly her children aged four and six.

“Maggie was my first baby,” said Raykoff.

“My kids are not doing great. They keep asking when she is going to come home. They want to go see her and I am not sure if that is the greatest idea. So I’m kind of fighting with that as to whether I should bring them. They ask about her all the time. My daughter cries about her.”

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation is asked to contact Det. Const. Carly Irwin of the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2286 or anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Halton police investigating alleged dog poisonings in Oakville

News Jun 05, 2015 by David Lea Oakville Beaver

An Oakville woman is calling for action after her seven-year-old Labrador retriever, Maggie, and several other dogs were allegedly poisoned in the vicinity of their 1270 Gainsborough Dr. townhouse complex.

Since March, Victoria Raykoff said seven dogs have been stricken with similar symptoms of vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite, including four in the last few weeks.

Three of the dogs died.

Raykoff said Maggie became ill on May 25.

“Last Monday we noticed she was acting a bit lethargic and we thought it was because it was hotter and maybe the heat was affecting her,” said Raykoff.

“Then we noticed when she was sleeping she had labored breathing. She stopped eating on Wednesday.”

Raykoff took Maggie to a veterinarian where blood work showed the dog to be suffering from severe liver damage.

Since Monday (June 1) she has been at Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital on Bristol Circle where her condition has steadily deteriorated.

“They transferred her to the ICU yesterday. Her condition has been downgraded from guarded to poor, which is one above grave,” said Raykoff.

“I’m not giving up hope yet.”

To make matters worse Raykoff said her sister Jennifer’s dog Bailey, who also lives at the townhouse complex, became ill last week.

Bailey was also rushed to Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital with symptoms of vomiting and lack of appetite, but has since recovered.

Raykoff said she soon learned that two weeks earlier her neighbour’s dog had become severely ill while another complex resident’s dog had died that very week.

While nothing has been proven, Raykoff and others are blaming green pellets; they believe to be rat poison that appeared in outdoor common areas of the townhouse complex.

Nathan Atkin, property manager for 1270 Gainsborough Dr., said he became aware of the alleged dog poisonings on May 28, a few days after Maggie became sick.

He said the company’s pest control firm was brought to the site to carry out an inspection, but found nothing.

From descriptions provided by residents, Atkin said the pest control firm concluded what they had seen was a product typically used as a rat poison.

“It’s actually an anti-coagulant that contains a chemical called Bromadiolone. That’s really the active ingredient that has made these pets sick apparently. If they have consumed that, it prevents clotting and can cause death if not treated quick enough,” said Atkin.

Atkin said several residents told him the substance was in a specific backyard of the complex.

He said his pest control firm voiced concerns squirrels and other animals might have distributed it throughout the area.

Atkin said he called the police to the area and they have begun an investigation.

Officers confirmed poison was found at the site and that it was in a common area of the complex.

“It appears someone was trying to take a pest control issue into their own hands and put some out in a bowl,” said Sgt. Chantal Corner, Halton police public affairs officer.

“It was all cleaned up in a day.”

Corner initially said the incident was not deemed malicious in nature, but later noted that the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate.

She also said the condo corporation at 1270 Gainsborough Dr., has disseminated information advising people that they cannot carry out their own pest control.

Atkin said all residents within the complex were informed about what had happened and told to be vigilant with their pets and children.

He said residents were provided with a description of the product and told to contact the management office immediately if they see it.

Raykoff, who has two small children, said she is disgusted someone would put out poison so carelessly.

“There are so many pets in the complex as well as small children. We don’t know what poisons are being put out. There is the real potential for harm to come to our children who are always playing all over the property,” she said.

“We want to get the word out about this and let people know it is going on. We want them to be on guard and watch their children and their pets for any symptoms that might come up. It has been a very fast acting type of poison. My dog went downhill very quickly. If you are not on top it if they won’t survive.”

Raykoff has set up a gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/w8jya8 to help neighbours impacted by this incident pay for their veterinary bills.

She said pet insurance would cover the bulk of her bills, which so far are approaching $9,000.

Raykoff said she has had Maggie since she was a puppy and noted her condition has hit her family hard particularly her children aged four and six.

“Maggie was my first baby,” said Raykoff.

“My kids are not doing great. They keep asking when she is going to come home. They want to go see her and I am not sure if that is the greatest idea. So I’m kind of fighting with that as to whether I should bring them. They ask about her all the time. My daughter cries about her.”

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation is asked to contact Det. Const. Carly Irwin of the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2286 or anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Halton police investigating alleged dog poisonings in Oakville

News Jun 05, 2015 by David Lea Oakville Beaver

An Oakville woman is calling for action after her seven-year-old Labrador retriever, Maggie, and several other dogs were allegedly poisoned in the vicinity of their 1270 Gainsborough Dr. townhouse complex.

Since March, Victoria Raykoff said seven dogs have been stricken with similar symptoms of vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite, including four in the last few weeks.

Three of the dogs died.

Raykoff said Maggie became ill on May 25.

“Last Monday we noticed she was acting a bit lethargic and we thought it was because it was hotter and maybe the heat was affecting her,” said Raykoff.

“Then we noticed when she was sleeping she had labored breathing. She stopped eating on Wednesday.”

Raykoff took Maggie to a veterinarian where blood work showed the dog to be suffering from severe liver damage.

Since Monday (June 1) she has been at Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital on Bristol Circle where her condition has steadily deteriorated.

“They transferred her to the ICU yesterday. Her condition has been downgraded from guarded to poor, which is one above grave,” said Raykoff.

“I’m not giving up hope yet.”

To make matters worse Raykoff said her sister Jennifer’s dog Bailey, who also lives at the townhouse complex, became ill last week.

Bailey was also rushed to Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital with symptoms of vomiting and lack of appetite, but has since recovered.

Raykoff said she soon learned that two weeks earlier her neighbour’s dog had become severely ill while another complex resident’s dog had died that very week.

While nothing has been proven, Raykoff and others are blaming green pellets; they believe to be rat poison that appeared in outdoor common areas of the townhouse complex.

Nathan Atkin, property manager for 1270 Gainsborough Dr., said he became aware of the alleged dog poisonings on May 28, a few days after Maggie became sick.

He said the company’s pest control firm was brought to the site to carry out an inspection, but found nothing.

From descriptions provided by residents, Atkin said the pest control firm concluded what they had seen was a product typically used as a rat poison.

“It’s actually an anti-coagulant that contains a chemical called Bromadiolone. That’s really the active ingredient that has made these pets sick apparently. If they have consumed that, it prevents clotting and can cause death if not treated quick enough,” said Atkin.

Atkin said several residents told him the substance was in a specific backyard of the complex.

He said his pest control firm voiced concerns squirrels and other animals might have distributed it throughout the area.

Atkin said he called the police to the area and they have begun an investigation.

Officers confirmed poison was found at the site and that it was in a common area of the complex.

“It appears someone was trying to take a pest control issue into their own hands and put some out in a bowl,” said Sgt. Chantal Corner, Halton police public affairs officer.

“It was all cleaned up in a day.”

Corner initially said the incident was not deemed malicious in nature, but later noted that the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate.

She also said the condo corporation at 1270 Gainsborough Dr., has disseminated information advising people that they cannot carry out their own pest control.

Atkin said all residents within the complex were informed about what had happened and told to be vigilant with their pets and children.

He said residents were provided with a description of the product and told to contact the management office immediately if they see it.

Raykoff, who has two small children, said she is disgusted someone would put out poison so carelessly.

“There are so many pets in the complex as well as small children. We don’t know what poisons are being put out. There is the real potential for harm to come to our children who are always playing all over the property,” she said.

“We want to get the word out about this and let people know it is going on. We want them to be on guard and watch their children and their pets for any symptoms that might come up. It has been a very fast acting type of poison. My dog went downhill very quickly. If you are not on top it if they won’t survive.”

Raykoff has set up a gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/w8jya8 to help neighbours impacted by this incident pay for their veterinary bills.

She said pet insurance would cover the bulk of her bills, which so far are approaching $9,000.

Raykoff said she has had Maggie since she was a puppy and noted her condition has hit her family hard particularly her children aged four and six.

“Maggie was my first baby,” said Raykoff.

“My kids are not doing great. They keep asking when she is going to come home. They want to go see her and I am not sure if that is the greatest idea. So I’m kind of fighting with that as to whether I should bring them. They ask about her all the time. My daughter cries about her.”

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation is asked to contact Det. Const. Carly Irwin of the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2286 or anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).