St. Paul Police Investigate Poisoned Dog Biscuits

August 07, 2016 10:10 PM

Police say they believe someone is trying to poison dogs in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood.

Police confirmed that blue pellets found in some recovered dog biscuits were indeed rat poisoning. In several cases, police say, dogs have gotten gravely sick from ingesting the biscuits.


The area in which this is happening, according to police, is the 1000 block of Seminary Avenue in St. Paul.

Dog owner Dan Piepkorn, who lives in the area, said he was in his backyard with his dog, Lola, last Sunday when Lola started digging under a lilac tree.

Piepkorn said a few minutes later, she came out with what looked like a biscuit in her mouth. He said he knew exactly what it was because his neighbor, Kelsey Jurek, had told him about finding the same kind of biscuit with rat poison in it a couple days prior.

Jurek brought her dog, Jet, to the vet because he got ahold of a biscuit.

"Your emotions just kind of turn to anger and be really disappointed in humankind with everything else going on nowadays, to have something like this on top of it, it makes you sad, it makes you angry," she said.

Piepkorn said he also took Lola to the vet immediately.

"They said it was rat poisoning baked into this biscuit thing. They made her regurgitate everything that was in her stomach, then gave her a shot and vitamin K pills for me to give her for a month. Because I guess vitamin K counteracts the rat poison."

St. Paul police have assigned an officer to work with animal control on this case. So far, the department said they have information on three confirmed cases.


Todd Wilson

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