Jackson Co. Pet Poisoning

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More than two dozen pets and wild animals have recently turned up dead and Jackson County authorities are searching for whoever is targeting pets in the area.

Unfortunately, this has been going on for months and whoever is doing this is leaving the poisoned food right out in the open.

Dirt roads are turning into animal death traps.

In the last two months, more than two dozen dogs, cats, and wild hogs have been found dead along side roads.

It’s happening on the west side of Jackson County, south of Interstate 10 and just north of Alford.

Some of the contaminated food was found and turned in to the Department of Agriculture for testing.

John Dennis with the Jackson Co. Sherriff's Department said, "We got some results back from a sausage biscuit. It was found along side the road in that same area with a dead animal next to it. The sausage biscuit did have the poison Temik in it."

Temik is a common chemical used by farmers, but it is deadly if ingested.

Jackson County resident Larry Morris experienced this first hand.

One of his dogs got a hold of some tainted food left by the roadside, but by the time Morris got the dog to a doctor, it was too late.

"It was having convulsions and all,” Morris said. “They put him on an IV, but he died in a couple of hours."

Morris says he's been dealing with this problem for a long time, losing more than 10 pets to poisoning over the past few years.

This year, he's already had to bury one dog and two cats.

"They were pets,” Morris said. “I miss my dog because it was a pet. And of course the cats were my daughter's and my wife's pet."

Police are trying to put a stop to this before any more animals have to die.

Investigators say the chemical, Temik, is obviously getting into the wrong hands.

Anyone convicted for these crimes could face jail time.

Police need your help catching the suspects. You can call Crime Stoppers at 850-526-5000.

A $1000 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.