Wicksburg community sees five dogs have seizures in a week

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 12:05 AM CDT
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Pet owners in a Wicksburg community are looking for answers. Five dogs have had seizures, and three have died, all within a week.

As of right now, the cause isn't much more than speculation.

WTVY spoke with Dr. Price at the Ozark Vet Clinic, who said the seizures could have been caused by something toxic, like aldicarb, used in the pesticide Temik.

Millie the German shepherd may look like most two-year-old dogs, young and energetic, but just a few days ago, that wasn't the case at all.

"Something hit the side of our house and ran into our garage door, and that's when he went outside around 7:30, 8 o'clock and found Millie seizing,” said Millie’s Owner Caitlyn Robison.

The vet told the Robison the seizures looked like it could be poisoning, and said they may have to put Millie down.

Fortunately, she made a quick recovery and is back home with her family, but Millie wasn't alone.

"Through my post on Facebook, we actually found out about three other dogs, so five total, that we think may have been affected by whatever this is,” said Robison. “Three passed away and two survived."

Within a week, five dogs have shown similar signs of poisoning, but without an autopsy, it's impossible to pin point a cause.

The Robisons just want to know what caused it, and how to prevent another poisoning.

"What if our kids get into it? There are so many kids that live on our street," said Robison.

The Robisons usually let Millie out during the day.

They live near a construction site and are surrounded by cotton fields.

It's possible she and the other dogs got into something there, but if somebody is intentionally poisoning them, can anything be done?

“They came out with Emily's law on vicious dogs, and if they're on your property, you have the right to protect your property and those involved, your family,” said Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

But Millie seems far from vicious, and the only law that addresses non-vicious animals is Title Three, Chapter One, Section Eleven, which states that if an animal was trespassing on another’s property when it was harmed or killed and the defendant can prove it in court, they are only liable to pay the damages, which in this case, would be Millie’s vet bills.

Until the Robisons can find out what happened to Millie and the other dogs, Sheriff Valenza says there isn't much they can do, and there is only one sure-fire way to prevent something like this from happening again.

"You have to keep them contained; it's getting more serious now with attacks,” said Valenza. “As far as putting stuff on your property and they come on your property, a dog, maybe, but what if a human contacts it, you're looking at a totally different issue civilally and possibly criminally."

Houston County doesn't have a leash law because of the lack of a county operated shelter, which means dogs are legally allowed to roam.

It has been two days since any dogs have had issues on Windmill Street.

If they have any other potential poisonings, WTVY will update this story.

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