SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the intentional poisoning of a dog and two horses just south of Sebastopol, according to Sgt. Cecile Focha.
Necropsies show the animals likely were poisoned with oleander placed in homemade cookies, Focha said. Oleander is highly toxic to animals and one of the horses and the dog died.
The poisoning occurred on private property on Kennedy Road in unincorporated Sonoma County. The female owner of the animals reported the poisonings on Feb. 12, Focha said.
The animals’ owner, Leslie Webb, came home earlier in the month and found two of her horses and her dog were acting strangely and seemed ill. She waited it out until the next day, and they were still acting as if something was wrong.
Leslie took Rosie the dog and Cowboy the horse to the vet who confirmed they were not well.
“I ended up having to put my horse down at 5 o’ clock that evening with kidney and heart failure, and then my dog right after,” Webb said.
The poisonings appear to be an isolated incident and sheriff’s investigators have identified a person of interest, although no information about the person was being released, according to Focha.
Neighbors in the area and Sonoma County Animal Services have been notified about the poisonings, Focha said.
Bay City News contributed to this report