Dogs & Laws

WA Man Wraps Treats with Wire and Fish Hooks to Deter Neighborhood Dogs

A Belleview, Washington man’s attempts to keep neighborhood dogs from coming into his yard could easily have turned deadly for the innocent family pets lured over by the scent of dog treats strewn about the yard.

Jillian Raftery was shocked to find that her neighbor across the street had taken bacon strips and pig ear treats, wrapped them in metal wire and fish hooks, and spread them throughout his front yard. Several neighbors have dogs, and on occasion those dogs escape their yards.

The man, who refused to tell his name to reporters, told King 5 News that he is afraid of dogs and put the baited hooks out in an attempt to keep them out of his yard.

Dr. Gene Mueller, King County’s manager of Regional Animal Services, told King 5 that the man’s actions could be a serious violation. “Somebody is going to take the bait and that won’t teach that animal or child a lesson. It will cause grievous harm.”

The baited hooks began showing up in the man’s yard a few weeks ago. Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries. But, Dr. Mueller says if any reports arise, there will be an animal cruelty investigation.

We firmly believe that there should be an animal cruelty investigation NOW. Just because no dogs were injured, the man clearly had malicious intent to harm dogs with a tool he created to lure them into his yard. What’s your opinion? Weigh in with a comment below.




  1. Leslie

    Sep 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I had a beloved dog killed by a sharp plastic and poison put in meat. My poor dog came across it in either MY front or back yard! At the time Pugzy became sick no one could figure out what was wrong with him. We had two dogs when this happened and the other dog was fine. The dogs never left my yard on their own! My vet asked if he had gotten into any kind poison. I said no because I never left anything like that somewhere they could get into. We spent almost $1000.00 trying to find out what was wrong with him! He was in so much PAIN! It still breaks my heart 12 years later! I would have put him to sleep if I had known what happened in the beginning, to stop his suffering!!!!! We had him on heavy pain killers, while trying to find what was wrong! He died after 7 days. My vet asked if he could do an autopsy to see what had happened. That’s when we found out he had not only been poisoned, but the plastic had shredded his enter digestive track!!!! People who do stuff like is should have to go to prison for all the pain and suffering they cause everyone people and pets alike!!! We could never find out who did it!! This man is the same type! Stop him NOW!!

  2. Diane Burns

    Aug 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    By all means, there should be an investigation. This is attempted cruelty.

  3. Steve

    Aug 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    This is terrible! It could kill or severely harm someone’s family pet which in most families is considered as much a part of the family as their children are. He needs to be seriously punished for this.

  4. wendy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    He can get a better fence if he is so scared of dogs….I would be pissed if this happened to my dog….what a joke of another animal abuser…

  5. Dawn

    Aug 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This man is not afraid of dogs, he does not like dogs and is rigging his yard to kill any dog that comes in his yard. If he is not mentally handicapped then he is fully aware that placing lures in his yard will not make them stay away, but bring them in, in large numbers. His plan is obviously to kill as many of the neighborhood dogs he can, and the town needs to send him a cease and desist! NOW, before he kills someone’s pet!!


    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Yes he should be brought up on charges! Just because no animal or person has been hurt yet doesn’t mean that that won’t happen. He put those “lures” out with the intent to teach a lesson and in putting out said “lure” he is inviting the animals into his yard! So he should be charged with the intent to do harm to animals and people alike!

  7. Sylvia

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Has he never heard of a fence? He could fence his yard and they he would not have to bother with dogs. Sheesh.

  8. Amanda Mckinley

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The man should be jailed! Dumbass if your such a pussy and scared of dogs PUT UP A FENCE YOU ASSHOLE!!!!!!!

  9. Wendy Little

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so glad that the baited hooks and wires were discovered before any dogs got hurt. To intentionally lure the dogs into his yard with a strong scented food clearly displays evil and malicious intent. This man needs to be prosecuted and prevented from doing this again.

  10. Heidi Costello

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    If he is truly afraid of dogs there is something else he could try – it’s called “fence”. Keeps out neighbors too, though I doubt someone that mean could get many visitors. This man is trying to harm dogs, not keep them out. I’m going to contact King County Animal Control, King County, and the City of Bellevue now.

    Please, everyone who reads this do the same. A petition is much easier to ignore than individual emails.

    King County Animal Control: [email protected]
    King County Executive: [email protected]
    City of Bellevue City Manager: [email protected]
    City of Bellevue Council: council[email protected]

  11. Diana Branson

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This is a blatant attempt to kill. Treats and fish hooks are NOT a deterrent. To bad he is not reading these posts. Leave notes in his yard.

  12. Margaret Townsend

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    When I was growing up we had an evil neighbor who poisoned our dog with glass hidden inside a piece of meat. By the time the vet figured out what was wrong, it was too late. That poor dog suffered terribly and died. People who do this to animals are sick. Mistreating animals is a warning sign that he will hurt people as well. Tolerate this behavior at everyone’s peril.

  13. Terri Anderson

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This man is not trying to deter dog from coming into his yard, he is luring them into his yard with these dangerous treats. He should be stopped.
    He has some severe mental problems !!!!

  14. Ann MacMichal

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    This man has a seriously warped mind. Why are authorities waiting for a tragedy to occur? There is no mistaking the intent here and he should be held responsible for animal cruelty now. What a poor excuse for a human.

  15. mad

    Aug 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I would be purposely tossing poop in his yard after that crap.

  16. Stacey

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I will sign the petition as well.

  17. Dee

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Intent to murder is a crime, so intent to harm or kill an animal should be a crime too, he should be brought up for intent of animal cruelty.

    • McKie

      Aug 31, 2013 at 11:51 am


  18. Angela

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Prosecute to the fullest extent the law allows. Now.

  19. colleen souza

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Why does’nt he just build a fence around his yard?

  20. JeanR

    Aug 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Tell the moron to fence in his yard.

  21. sheryl G

    Aug 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    The police should be involved NOW! Legal action against this guy by the entire neighborhood is a necessity. All living creatures are at risk from this lunatic. Kids, dogs, cats, birds, squirrels – you name it. This is totally unacceptable.

  22. marguerite lagala

    Aug 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    he looking to lure animals to his yard for the purpose of hurting them,,He is a very sick person.By placing treats, food onto a hook is luring animals, their sense of smell is a natural sense.. Put him behind bars, sickooooooooooooo.

  23. kaye biggers

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Dr. Mueller says if any reports arise, there will be an animal cruelty investigation. Is he for real, this man should have been arrested or fined or something to stop this. A dog could eat this and die or be seriously hurt. Make a petition people will sign it

  24. Cheryl Eitnier

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    What an evil jerk.

  25. Vickie Hilbert

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This guy is obviously not of sound mind if he doesn’t realize that putting the bait in his yard is going to lure dogs that may not have otherwise been in his yard. There definitely needs to be some kind of investigation for the protection of his neighbors.

  26. Drslot

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    No second chances, file charges now. Some poor dog wouldn’t get a second chance. I’ll take some of that petition action and donate a few shells to blast his — with a shotgun.

  27. Jodi Waits

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This person is specifically creating treats that will intentionally lure and then cause harm. It could be harm to his “intended targets” of animals but it could also be harm to “unintended targets” of children. This man needs to be stopped and investigated now. If he does not want animals in his yard, he needs to erect a fence. What he is doing is actually LURING animals into his yard, not deterring them from entering. This is wrong and if he doesn’t stop it there is going to eventually be an incident and from that, will arise some sort of criminal proceeding. He will get sued either by the owner of an animal or the parent of a child. Nothing good will come from this.

    • Janet Margrave

      Aug 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Agree 100%.

      • Donna D

        Aug 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        totally agree he is a cruel person, because he is afraid of dogs,
        probably because dogs don’t like him and know he is evil he should fear them and us too……

  28. George

    Aug 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Start a petition, I will sign it. That guy is mentally disturbed and needs help.

    • denise

      Aug 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      ill sign

      • cathy

        Aug 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        thats cruel and awful should be punished.this is wrong and mean.

    • Kelly Sue

      Aug 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I will gladly sign and share with everyone I know and don’t know! I am sharing with my family in the area. And BTW if he is afraid of the dogs he can put up a fence!

    • richard vartorella

      Sep 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

      the man should be more afraid of the owners if the someone did this to my boy the retaliation would be brutal!

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