Reports are flooding in from around Volusia County, Florida about terrifying attacks on innocent pets in order to mutilate them.
Most recently there have been a string of disgusting creatures leaving raw meat with fishhooks inside all across a dog park in Ormond Beach; where several animals have eaten the disguised trap and had to seek emergency medical treatment.
The latest incident occurred this past Tuesday at the dog park in the Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park located in Ormond-By-The-Sea, where pet owners take their canines to run and play as well as get exercise for the humans walking them.
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“The meat was still cold and sweating like it had been frozen and was thawing in the sun for a while,” the Volusia County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. “Several were very mushy. The meat appeared have the consistency and smell of liverwurst.”
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At least one of the pets from the park needed emergency medical treatment after ingesting some meat left behind.
Animal Control contacted the Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital, which advised that X-rays were given to the dog to determine whether they had ingested hooks.
Veterinarians also stated they were not going to test the meat for chemicals, but that they did find hooks in the meat that was taken there as a sample.
A total of five raw meatballs were found near the eastern fence line of the small dog section of the park.
Several small fishhooks were also found inside of the meat which found by deputies, according to the incident report.
Volusia County Parks and Recreation employees have closed the park until they could search the area for more contaminated meat or potentially find evidence of what sort of deranged individual could be behind the attacks.
Another incident happened at the same park two years ago where ibuprofen pills were found inside of meat in the dog park area, deputies said.
Ibuprofen can be toxic for dogs, and the persons responsible for those attempts to poison the animals were never found.
If anyone has any information on these crimes you're urged to contact the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at (386) 943-7866 or the Ormond Beach Police Department at (386) 248-1777.
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