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Man suspects neighbor of poisoning dog

DELRAY BEACH -- A pit bull puppy is dead and two neighbors --who live right next door to each other -- are left with plenty of hard feelings.


This possible dog poisoning incident is spelled out in a Delray Beach Police report.


Scarface, a 5 month old puppy, is dead and his owner wants to find out what really happened to the dog.


Dog owner Brandon Wilson says he got the dog for his 3 year old son.

"Normally if he's not under my car gettin' shade, he'll be under the carport," Wilson said.


And his little boy misses the dog, which died when they took it to a vet at about 1 in the morning on July 1. They took Scarface to PetPB, an animal emergency and referral center in Boynton Beach on North Congress Avenue.

"They told me it wasn't nothin' wrong with him. He was a perfectly fine dog but possibly your dog has been poisoned," Wilson said.

The pet clinic says there was nothing they could do for the puppy and they put it to sleep.

A couple of days before the puppy died, Wilson says it was acting sick.


"He'd get up, he'll walk, he'll move. But kinda sluggish. I know something's wrong with him so I took him Thursday to get that checked out," Wilson said.

Wilson has a hunch the next door neighbor poisoned his dog, because he noticed some fertilizer or granules of some kind around the hedge where he kept the puppy tied up.

And he says the woman next door had recently complained that the puppy was causing flies around her home and she didn't like it.

Wilson has no proof, but he says based on what the veterinarian told him, he believes the neighbor poisoned the dog, perhaps by spreading fertilizer on the ground where she knew the puppy could get into it.

"That's crazy. I mean if you could kill a 5-month old dog, what can you do to a human? I mean if a dog's causing flies of some sort and you don't like that, you gonna poison him?" he said.

As for the neighbor, she was not there to go on camera.

But her daughter said: "We have a right to fertilize our lawn. We had no intention of hurting the dog. We're not evil people. We are good citizens."

A Delray Beach police spokesman said he would look into this case and let us know the status of their investigation. He has not gotten back to us yet.

Meanwhile, Wilson says he hopes someone will face criminal charges for this.

An official with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says to his knowledge, they are not conducting an investigation.

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