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Suspected dog-poisoning spate investigated

Investigators are looking into the deaths of nearly a dozen dogs in southwest Oklahoma that may have been the result of poisoning.

Kiowa County Sheriff Russ Tate said as many as 10 dogs have died in the Roosevelt area this month.

Resident Marie Montgomery said a relative found her pet Chihuahua, Pepe, in a ditch suffering from convulsions last week.


The dog survived, but his veterinarian, Dr. Jim Bentley, suspects the dog was poisoned with strychnine, a pesticide.

Tate said his office had contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations to help look into the possible poisonings because the agency has resources for toxicology testing.