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For the second time in a week, a family dog in Carlsbad, California was found exposed to rat poison in his own backyard.
ABC10 reported, on Wednesday night, Roberta Murphy’s husband found their 8-year-old Chihuahua, Monroe, with something green in his mouth.
The Murphy’s knew right away what it was… they had just seen an alarming story on the news about a dog just a mile away from their home having died after ingesting rat poison that had been tossed over the fence and into the backyard.
What was in Monroe’s mouth was a green bar of rat poison that is typically placed in box traps. They were able to pull the poison from Murphy’s mouth and avoid disaster.
The dog they’d seen on the news, a 15-pound Dachshund mix, hadn’t been so lucky.
“I’m scared. We are searching the backyard a lot and we are being extra vigilant. Why would anyone do this?” asked Murphy.
The Murphy’s plan to put up flyers warning their neighbors.
This story unfortunately isn’t uncommon across the country. Dog parents should ALWAYS take a walk through the backyard before letting dogs outside and not leave them unattended while they’re out.