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Search warrants show woman investigated for pet deaths had poison in her home

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - New search warrants reveal incriminating evidence from inside a home at the center of a deadly pet poisoning investigation.

Carlos Bernardino says his wife Alma had nothing to do with the crime that killed 10 dogs and a cat in Lincoln Park, but police raided their home and found poison.

Alma Bernardino is not under arrest at this point, but she'll have plenty of explaining to do after investigators found potentially incriminating evidence in and around her mobile home at the El Rey Trailer Plaza.

Some of the items revealed in a search warrant inventory dated April 25 show that authorities found bug and insect killer, snail and slug killer pellets and lime deposit remover. They also seized bags with unknown powdery substances, leftover hamburger patties, chicken, lunch meats and fish paste.

Over the past several weeks, at least 10 dogs and a cat have died from eating poisoned food at the complex. Officers have been focusing their probe on Alba Bernardino, relying mainly on a neighbor's surveillance video of a woman matching her description who had contact with at least three of the dogs that died within hours of her contact with them.

Carlos Bernardino, who took News 8 on a tour of the couple's trailer, absolutely denies his wife has anything to do with the killings of the complex's precious pets.

"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. 

"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.

The Humane Society is careful to point out that while poison was found in the home, only pending toxicology tests will prove if it's the same poison that killed the animals.


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