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I just wanted to write a short note to warn everyone that there was a dog fatality in the neighbourhood this weekend.  The cause of death is unknown and an autopsy was not performed but the dog was young and in good health.  The dog was typically walked in the alleys around our neighbourhood and may have injested a toxic substance.  The symptoms came on very rapidly, vomiting followed quickly by incontinence and seizures which couldn't be controlled by anti-seizure medications that were administered by the vet.

As I said cause of death is unknown and it is possible that the death was congenital, however, the symptoms were also very consistent with poisoning.  I advise everyone to be extra cautious of their dogs (and their outdoor cats) while walking in the alleys, often people carelessly throw things potentially toxic things out that they don't realize could be attractive to animals as food.  It could have been something as simple as a puddle of antifreeze after filling the car reservoir.

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Oh, so sad!

What area/cross road did this happen in?

Sorry, as I said, actual cause of death is unknown. No actual toxic substance was identified and, if it was a toxin, where and when on the walk it was injested is also unknown. The dog was typically walked a fair distance and usually in the alleyways around Dundas and Pape.

I'm reading this and looking in the right column where it's all tweets about Some psycho is poisoning dogs in the Toronto neighbourhood of Lesli... -- any idea if this is the same thing? Has a rumour taken flight, or is this something different?

There was a second fatality - the news just came via the Leslieville Yahoo Group:

Poor little guy...Whereabouts did this take place?

Thanks for posting this, Marla -- I just saw it over there, too. It's good to have details. Too bad they didn't have autopsies: it would have made it easier to track the cause and perhaps the location and perpetrator (if it was deliberate).

Marla Good said:

There was a second fatality - the news just came via the Leslieville Yahoo Group:

I was actually stopped today on my pack walk by a gentleman who told me the same thing - two recent instances of dog deaths that typically walked in alleys. He suspected they may have ingested anti-freeze (ethylene glycol), which is poisonous and life-threatening for dogs. Propylene glycol is a safer alternative to anti-freeze and not poisonous or fatal when ingested by animals. Be careful everyone!

Is the backlane being mentioned the one behind Brooklyn ave. where the little dog park is?

this is awful news! i just heard on breakfast television! i thought i heard that it now has been 3 dogs that have died! wtf!!!! seriously.....what is happening with the world??????? and yes, hideaway dog park is between brooklyn and pape and apparently this is the area where the dogs were walking. so sad.

We knew Cooper and this is so terribly heart breaking.  My heart goes out to the owners.  What a horrible tragedy.  Does anyone know who the third victim is?  There is no mention of the third. ???

Another dog owner wasn't aware this was happening in our hood, until today.

Their dog Jazzle on Sunday Feb. 12 became very sick was on IV fluids and antibiotics for 16 hrs at the animal hospital.  She’s finally recovered but they still don’t know what happended. When they asked the vet if was poisoning, the vet said the symptoms seems along the lines of their dog being poisoned.

Jazzle pulled through, was resilient, and doing well now.

I knew Cooper. My heart does go out to the owners of Cooper. 


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