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Toxins Found in Dead Animals

Published 03/30 2012 03:51PM

Updated 03/30 2012 10:19PM

JAMAICA -- Officials at the Vermilion County Health Department report toxicology texts on two dead pets show signs of poisoning. The dog and cat were sent to Michigan State University for testing.
    Results show carbofuran, an insecticide, as well as traces of strychnine and pentobarbital were found in the dog's tissues. Only pentobarbital was found in the cat's system. It's considered a "euthanasia" drug.
    An MSU report states "Carbofuran is highly toxic to birds...(with) one granule sufficient to kill." Birds could have eaten the substance which resembles seeds in size and shape, or as part of the food chain when  scavengers fed on other small birds or mammals exposed to the pellets.
    Public health officials say there haven't been any reports of human illness from the toxins, but several area agencies are investigating to determine if the poisonings were intentional or not. 
    A rash of animal deaths were reported in February in the Jamaica area. Five dogs, 1 cat, 1 skunk and several birds were found.  

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