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Poisoned Meatballs Found Along Popular San Francisco Dog Walking Path

San Francisco Animal Care and Control officers have found 35 meatballs believed to be mixed with rat poison along Crestline Drive in the Twin Peaks neighborhood.

San Francisco Animal Care and Control officers have found 35 meatballs believed to be mixed with rat poison along Crestline Drive in the Twin Peaks neighborhood.

Police in San Francisco have issued multiple warnings to pet owners to use extreme caution when walking their dogs along Crestline Drive in the Twin Peaks neighborhood after 35 poisoned meatballs were found along the popular dog walking path.

An animal control officer found 34 small balls of raw meat hidden among the bushes along a popular dog walking spot. The hunt began after a resident, Dorothy Schechter, pulled one of the suspicious meatballs from the mouth of her dog, A.J. during their walk.

“I pulled them out right away and realized, oh my god, it’s the meatballs again,” Schechter told KGO-TV.

Last July, Schechter’s dog, Oskar, a 7-year old Dachshund, died after eating a meatball he’d found along the same Crestline Drive path. Several other dogs reported becoming ill after eating the meatballs, later found to be laced with strychnine. Police never located the person responsible for leaving the laced meatballs last July and have reason the believe the same person is responsible this time.

Animal Care and Control officer, Lt. Denise BonGiovanni found the meatballs in carports, behind stairwells, along curbs and in hedges and bushes – in spots more likely to be found and quickly gobbled up by dogs than spotted by their humans.

So far, three area dogs have been reported ill after walking along Crestline Drive. While San Francisco Police are investigating the poisoned meatballs, Animal Care and Control officers have posted at least 50 warning signs in the neighborhood, urging dog owners to keep their pets inside, to carefully watch their dogs, and to walk them away from curbs and shrubbery.

Police are urging anyone with any information to contact the department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.




  1. Ann

    Feb 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm is key to catching these guys. Aren’t they based out there somewhere? Maybe ask for them to donate the cameras and feed it live on their website. They are marketing towards crime fighting.

  2. Sara

    Feb 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I hope and pray that this person who is doing this things will accidentally get this poison into his system
    So he will know how it feels to eat one of these poison meatball. CRAZY!!

  3. Michael

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Find this asshole and give them the option of eating the meatballs they made or a bullet

  4. Chrissy

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Um maybe put some camera’s up!?

  5. Kitty

    Feb 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    This is scary, b/c it is so premeditated. Could be another budding serial killer. Ugh.

  6. Kitty

    Feb 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    This is just crazy….what the hell is the matter with people??? I hope this asshole rots in hell!

  7. Susan

    Feb 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I hope who ever is doing this is caught, and sent to prison for a long time….Poor dogs!!

  8. Meg Fatah

    Feb 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Please muzzle your digs when walking in this area, so they do not pick up any crap. They are so quick to put things in their mouths. Better to be safe than sorry. Some people are so so rotten

    • abbs

      Feb 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Muzzling is a great suggestion. The person responsible for the poisonings is sick!

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