Suspected poisoning of Santaquin dog, $5,000 reward offered

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MURRAY, UT (Nov. 7, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah offers reward for the arrest in suspected dog poisoning case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) announced that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the suspected poisoning of Dexter, a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd in Santaquin, Utah. Dog owner Lindsy Bray brought Dexter to West Mountain Veterinary Hospital in Payson, Utah Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, with complaints of bloody diarrhea and vomitus. The veterinarian’s report stated that the dog’s symptoms suggested possible ingestion of d-CON or rat poison. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Santaquin Police Department in obtaining information required to identify and charge the person responsible for this aggravated cruelty.


“Please pray for Dexter,” said Lindsy Bray in a Facebook post Wednesday, Nov. 1. “The vet is keeping him for the next three days but our hearts are broken and our house already feels empty, our poor puppy is super sick.”


Dexter returned home Friday, Nov. 3, after receiving treatment that included vitamin K. Vitamin K, which is necessary for normal blood clotting, is commonly used as an antidote for the ingestion of rodent poison.


The Bray family is currently disputing a Santaquin City ordinance in the 4th District Court in Spanish Fork, Utah. Under the existing ordinance, Dexter was ordered by the court to be euthanized for allegedly scratching a teenage girl Oct. 20, 2016.


“We feel terrible for the Bray family,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “While fighting for Dexter’s life in court, they had to fight for his life at home. It’s scary to think that someone may have attempted to harm Dexter through poisoning him in his yard.


Bray reports that they do not have rodent problem and have never bought any rat poison.


According to the Utah State Criminal Code, a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to an animal if the person administers, or causes to be administered, poison or a poisonous substance to an animal. If convicted, a person could face a term not exceeding one year and/or a fine up to $2,500 for a class A misdemeanor, if committed intentionally or knowingly.


Anyone with information regarding who may have poisoned Dexter is urged to contact the Santaquin Police Department at 801-754-1070 or John Fox, HSU chief investigator, at 801-261-2919 ext. 210.