A San Diego homeowner, fed up with dogs leaving waste in his front yard and pet owners not picking it up, dumped several pounds of chocolate chips all over his front yard in hopes of deterring dog owners from coming anywhere near it.
John told NBC 7 it was an experiment to keep dogs off his lawn – and that it worked. But neighbors are not happy. Several have contacted local police and animal control, concerned that the chocolate chips are threatening the lives of their pets.
“Residents are scared of what he might do,” neighbor Sarah Fisher told NBC 7. “If he is doing this – which is like an animal genocide – pretty much, he’s putting it out for animals to ingest and get sick.”
This isn’t the first time John has taken unusual measures to deter dogs. He’s placed numerous signs in his yard, including one warning pet owners that their dogs will be electrocuted if they urinate on his tires.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Meanwhile, pet parents everywhere are urged to closely watch their dogs during walks to prevent them from ingesting anything potentially toxic.