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"Without a Shadow of a Doubt": Killeen Woman Believes Dogs are Being Poisoned

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KILLEEN, TX - (KCEN) – Several people in a south east Killeen neighborhood have been experiencing strange things happening to their dogs over the last few months. Some believe there could be a person trying to poison their outside pets.

“It’s like they’re never safe. It’s to the point we don’t want to go out and leave them,” Julie Seminara said.

Julie lives at the corner of Asa Drive and Saul, and says the last month has been a strange one. She says it started with a pit bull found a few blocks away shot to death. A week later her medium sized dogs, Indigo and Moose, suddenly got extreme diarrhea and some vomiting.

“It was really odd because it would be one dog one day, and then three days later it would be the other dog,” she said. “The vet says the symptoms are consistent with spoiled meat because it would make them very, very sick but it wouldn’t kill them immediately.”

Just one week later, Julie came home to find a neighbor’s small dog, dead in her back yard. “It was almost as if someone shot this dog and they had to ditch it and tossed him over the fence,” Julie said.

But it didn’t stop there. Another week passed and her dogs went missing from her yard. One was wearing a boundary collar that prevents him from leaving the yard unless someone takes it off. “The dogs were gone, both gates were still closed, and we found them about a mile away without their collars,” she said.

Then the mysterious illness struck her dogs a second time, and a week later her neighbor’s dogs.

“Two of our dogs had diarrhea and were sick which is kind of weird that just two of them were while the others weren’t,” her neighbor Justin Baker said. “Something strange is going on, we just can’t figure out what it is.”

Justin also returned another neighbor’s dog that somehow got out of its yard a few weeks ago.  He says the owners had no idea how the basset hound was let out. “It’s frustrating not knowing. It’s ridiculous,” he said.

Julie believes 100% someone is going around letting the dogs out, and poisoning them. She says a Killeen Police officer even told her they had gotten a bulletin to be on the lookout for someone poisoning dogs, but as of Monday evening Killeen Police had not confirmed that information with KCEN.

“These are like our children so it’s terrifying,” Julie said. “They’re outdoor kennel is like Fort Knox and its triple reinforced.” Julie has gone to the extreme of building a separate fenced in kennel near the middle of her yard with a tarp over it to prevent anyone outside the gate from throwing anything in her yard for the dogs to get.  She also padlocked both gates and had a video security system set up for her back yard.

“Three days later after the alarm system was installed we saw a strange man walking straight into our side yard, not walking along it, but straight to the back yard and as soon as he saw the camera he turned around,” she said.  “The officer we called said they couldn’t do anything because we didn’t see him try to poison the dogs, but that if we saw him again to call them back.”

Julie hopes others in the area will be more cautious with their outside pets, and that whoever is doing this will be caught.

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