LA MESA (CBS8) - A La Mesa family is hoping their nine year old dog "Oreo," can survive the night inside the La Mesa Pet Emergency and Specialty Center. Veterinarians there say "Oreo" was poisoned after eating at least one ball of meat filled with a highly toxic poison suspected to be strychnine.
Thanks to News 8 viewer donations, "Oreo" is now sedated and on a ventilator, while veterinarians are hoping the poison passes through his system within the next 24-48 hours.
The Smith family says they noticed "Oreo" acting strangely Friday morning, suffering through seizures and bouts of extreme stiffness.
They say they found six balls of meat in their backyard. They suspect someone in the neighborhood is trying to kill their dogs.
Neighbors say five other dogs in the area have been poisoned and killed within the last five years. La Mesa Police are now looking into the matter.
Without the assistance of a costly ventilator, hospital vets say "Oreo" was not expected to make it through the night.
After this story aired 6:30pm Saturday, over two-thousand dollars has been collected to help save "Oreo." It costs around five-thousand dollars per day for the ventilator.
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