Family concerned for pets' safety after discovering hot dog loaded with rat poison in yard

Family concerned for pets safety after discovering hot dog loaded with rat poison in yard. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - A Plain City family is concerned for their dogs’ safety after finding a hot dog stuffed with poison in their yard.

Jennifer Weiss said her husband and daughter were doing yard work on Monday evening when they came across the hot dog. She said four blue pills were jammed inside. After asking around, Weiss found out the pills were d-CON, a type of rat poison.

“It’s not an accident. It’s obviously malicious,” Weiss said.

She contacted Weber County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Matt Jensen said this is the first case like this he’s seen in the county. The pills were taken into evidence, but have not yet been tested to determine if they were poison.

The Weiss’ are worried someone planted the pills in their yard to try to harm their dogs. Jennifer said they’ve never received any complaints about their pets.

“There are better ways to go about handling an annoyance, if that’s what it is, an annoyance with dogs. Talk to the homeowner, call animal control, file a report and let animal control come talk to us, but just poisoning animal, it’s horrible,” she said.

In the meantime, she’ll be checking her yard daily to make sure no other pill-stuffed hot dogs are found.

“I’ve kind of lost that sense of peace that my dogs are safe in my own backyard.”

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