Thursday, January 24, 2013
Matt Krausmann has five dogs at his house. Or at least he did, until Wednesday.
That's when Caroline the beagle had to be put down after ingesting something toxic, likely antifreeze.
Ginny is in the ER now with the same symptoms, and might be euthanized as well.
Geno and Tucker spent the night at the vet's getting their systems flushed, but they appear to be doing well.
Chuck, the only dog who wasn't home Tuesday evening when the Krausmanns believe the dogs were poisoned, is home alone.
And Krausmann is beside himself.
For four dogs to get sick all at once isn't a coincidence, he said. He believes it's deliberate: That someone poisoned his dogs.
Krausmann doesn't keep antifreeze at his home in Corey Woods precisely because of the danger to animals.
It tastes like a sweet treat, enticing animals to lap it up, but shuts down the kidneys and, if not diagnosed within the first few hours, usually leads to death.
The danger is well known. Some states require antifreeze to include a bittering agent, to kill the sweet taste, and in December antifreeze manufacturers voluntarily agreed to include the bittering agent in products sold throughout the United States.
But that won't help Caroline.
“She was having seizures. Her kidneys and her liver were blocked. I had to make the decision to put the poor dog down,” Krausmann said, losing his composure as he recalled the day before.
Caroline and Chuck are Krausmann's daughter's dogs. They've been staying with him while his daughter is in military intelligence school in New Mexico and his son-in-law is deployed to Nigeria.
She was set to return in two weeks and bring the dogs home to Fayetteville.
Krausmann said he's always done everything he can to be a good dog owner: fed them, played with them, took them to the vet, kept them fenced in the yard.
“They don't get out. They don't cause problems. But the beagle barks,” he said.
That's the only reason he can think that someone might want to hurt the animals.
Now, he said, when he goes into the back yard he sees his neighborhood in an entirely new light.
Now he's worried about letting the remaining dogs out into the yard or letting his toddler granddaughter play in the yard.
He's filed a police report, but he said the police referred him to animal control and animal control referred him back to the police.
A police spokesman said the paperwork is still being filed.
“Who do I talk to? How do I get justice for my animals?” Krausmann said.
He's hoping that someone will come forward with information.
“Somebody out there knows something,” he said.