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Inside home at center of dog poisoning investigation

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LINCOLN PARK (CBS 8) - A Lincoln Park man is denying his wife had anything to do with the poisoning deaths of 10 dogs in a mobile home park.

A witness reported seeing a Hispanic woman handing out food to the dogs just before the deaths, but Carlos Bernardino says he and his wife love dogs and investigators left their home trashed.

Humane Society investigators searched the home only days after a neighbor who lives directly across the street gave authorities his hard drive containing surveillance video from a security camera positioned outside his home.

Carlos Bernardino and his wife Alba have lived at the mobile home in the El Rey Trailer Park for three years along with their dog Coffee. He says he has no idea why the search for the person responsible for poisoning at least 10 dogs and a cat is now centering on his wife who he says loves animals.

"The police coming, somebody tell them my wife give (dogs) poison. My wife not give it this poison. I don't know who is the responsible," Bernardino said.

Humane Society investigators served the search warrant Monday. Bernardino gave News 8 access inside his home, which he says authorities ransacked.

"Before, organized, everything. The police, they do this one," he said.

Searching under the bed, in closets, dresser drawers -- Bernardino says he does not know what investigators took, if anything.

"Coming, all the people, check everything. I have something? I don't have any nothing," he said.

Bernardino also says he and his wife did not have poison of any kind in their home. Investigators says the poison used in these cases appears to be strychnine-related.

"It is definitely a cruel and inhumane way for an animal to die and I'd definitely recommend numerous felony charges against the individual," San Diego Humane Society Director of Investigations Randy Lawrence said.

Carlos Bernardino also tells News 8 that his wife has fed other neighborhood dogs in the past when she's fed her own dog, but denies she's ever harmed any animals.

The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case is now $5,000. Anyone with information on these fatal pet poisonings in the El Rey Trailer Park is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You can remain anonymous.

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