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Man says probe has produced leads in poodle-poisoning case

July 15, 2004|by RYAN C. TUCK

ryant@herald-mail.com

Eric Rosenthal, the owner of a poodle who died July 6, said Wednesday there are "a few leads" in the investigation of his dog's death, but said it was too early to release specific information.

Rosenthal, who lives on Ayoub Lane in the Black Rock Estates neighborhood east of Hagerstown, said his poodle, Charlie, died from eating animal fat laced with antifreeze.

He said he and his wife, Shawn, found the animal fat in their back yard on June 28.

"We have an idea of who we think did it," he said Wednesday. With the help of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Funkstown Fire Co., Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Hagerstown, a private investigator and talking to neighbors, "we actually got some leads," he said.

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Antifreeze poisoning, which results in the deaths of more than 10,000 cats and dogs every year, is difficult to investigate, said Paul Miller, executive director of the Washington County Humane Society.

Because of the abundance of antifreeze in residents' homes, the investigation "is not an easy one."

Rosenthal said he had the Mid-Atlantic Hospital in Hagerstown test the substance from his back yard, which practice Manager Jennifer Arnett confirmed was found to be animal fat laced with antifreeze.

Arnett said accidental antifreeze poisoning is not common during the summer, which may indicate that Charlie's death was not accidental, she said.

Rosenthal believes his poodle was intentionally poisoned, which "is not common," he said.

Offering $5,000 to anyone with information about the death of his dog, Rosenthal said he is "concerned about people who have small pets in the community or have small children."

Anyone with information about the incident may call Rosenthal at 301-791-4562 or 301-964-7838.

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