Police are investigating after raw meatballs stuffed with fishhooks were found scattered inside a Florida dog park, marking the second time dogs at the park have been targeted.
Police responded to the Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach, Florida on Tuesday after a dog found and ingested raw meat left inside the small dog park. Upon closer inspection, the meatballs were found to be stuffed with fishhooks in an apparent attempt to hurt or kill innocent dogs playing at the park.
In total, 5 meatballs were found in the park, each containing several small fishhooks. Thankfully, they were discovered and collected before additional dogs ate them and the one dog that did ingest some of the meat did not swallow any fishhooks, according to Local10 News.
The park was closed until Volusia County Parks and Recreation employees could thoroughly check the remainder of the park for additional meatballs and fishhooks.
While police currently have no leads, a public meeting had been held earlier that same morning in which several citizens expressed anger over plans to expand the dog park.
Two years ago, the same dog park was briefly shut down after several pieces of meat and fat stuffed with ibuprofen tablets were found scattered around the park, leading to serious illness in one of the dogs that ingested it. No one was ever found and charged with the 2015 incident.
When the park reopens, Parks and Recreation urge dog owners to be on high alert, carefully watching their dogs and looking closely for anything out of the ordinary.
Park officials are looking into having surveillance cameras installed at the park.