LAKE TANSI (WATE) – Dogs are dying in Cumberland County and their owners say they’re being poisoned.
On Tuesday, WATE 6 On Your Side found three reports in the neighborhood around Lake Tansi. They show that the incidents happened between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
“I have cried for five days over this dog, to see the vicious death that this dog has gone through. It was vicious, horrible,” said a pet owner who wants to remain anonymous.
She didn’t want to show her face for fear something might happen to hear.
She told WATE 6 On Your Side that she let her dog out for 30 minutes on New Years Day, but when he came back, he started acting strange and later had to be put down.
That’s not the only dog that’s been acting odd in the Lake Tansi area.
Reports from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department show that the owners of five other dogs believe their pets were also poisoned. They claim it’s antifreeze.
“I don’t recall in my time of investigating cases and in law enforcement, an incident like this,” said Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox.
He says he isn’t sure if the acts are intentional.
For now, he’s told people in the Lake Tansi community to be more aware of their surroundings as investigators gather more information and try to figure out what exactly happened.
So far, the incidents have happened on two streets, less than a mile apart. Neighbors there say the death of half a dozen dogs in the area has brought them together.
The incidents have left them with questions of who would possibly hurt their animals.
“That’s what got him was to have him run. I should have never let him out because I didn’t know we had somebody around here that would do this to our dogs,” said the anonymous pet owner.
Many neighbors also told WATE 6 On Your Side that they plan on installing security cameras.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t identified any persons of interest or suspects in the investigation. If you have any information, you’re asked to call 931-484-6176.