6 animals die of poison, man says

LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Is someone killing pets in southeastern New Mexico?

A Lovington man says his three dogs were poisoned and two died because of it.

“It’s gut wrenching, it’s heart wrenching, it’s sickening to even discuss the fact or the idea that somebody would be so cruel and heinous to take an animal’s life,” said Ruben Vine.

Vine is worried his third dog, a Dalmation named Lucky, might not be lucky for long.

“You don’t go get a dog to assume that you will only have him for a couple of years,” said Vine. “You go get a dog to have a friend, to have a companion, to have a pet.”

Vine says it all started in late January when he heard noises coming from his backyard, but he could never find anything out of the ordinary.

He started talking to neighbors.

One woman told him two of her dogs had just died.

Vine says he also found two dead cats in the alley behind his house.

“It seems to be a trend. It seems to be something clearly is happening that someone is doing,” he said. “Animals aren’t just dropping dead.”

Lovington police say they didn’t know anything about the animals’ deaths, but the local vet that treated one of Vine’s deceased dogs says he showed signs he’d been poisoned.

Vine says he wants pet owners to know one thing: “Animals are perishing around us every single day at the hands of some individual that’s cruel and your animal doesn’t deserve that.”

Lovington police say they’re looking into the recent animal deaths.

They say there’s not much they can do though unless the pet owner has proof someone actually poisoned their animal.

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