The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Blue Lake resident’s claim his family dog had died after being intentionally poisoned.
The man claims on February 2 he let his 10-year-old Labrador mix named Nyxo out of his home and into his six-foot fenced backyard. Not long after the man heard Nyxo barking at something outside but thought it may just be an animal passing by his backyard, which is located in a rural part of Blue Lake. SHortly afterwards after he let the dog back into the home.
According to the Sheriff’s Office press release, the man woke up the next morning to find Nyxo having seizures and had vomited chunks of red meat. The man later told investigators he did not feed Nyxo chunks of meat, only dried dog food the night before.
The man immediately took Nyxo to an animal hospital in Arcata where a veterinarian examined Nyxo and determined it was likely a reaction to poison. Despite their efforts, the veterinarian could not save Nyxo’s life.
After Nyxo’s death, the man took his body down to UC Davis where a necropsy was conducted. Researchers at the University stated Nyxo died as the result of concentrated Brodifacoum poisoning, an anticoagulant found in De-Con rat poison.
Nyxo’s owner claims he has no idea who may have poisoned his dog and his neighbors have not reported any animal poisonings or have used De-Con themselves recently. His owners also do not own the rat poison nor let Nyxo run loose in the neighborhood.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.