Chesterfield, VA—A local groomer is putting dog owners on alert, after one of his clients said a man threatened to kill all of the dogs in a local dog park; his client adds that her dog became sickened after eating a piece of paper the man dropped onto the ground.
Last week, one of Tome Tusia's clients called to warn people in the area that a suspicious man made a threat against canines in Rockwood Park in Chesterfield.
The woman told Tusia that the unidentified man went inside the dog park's gate, threatened to kill her dog, and then dropped a piece of paper. The dog ate it.
"He got very ill," Tusia says of the dog. "He had to be on IV fluids, I'm not sure for how many days, but both of his arms were shaved, he had IVs in both legs."
Volunteers at the park are in shock. Volunteer Julius Smith is in disbelief about the alleged incident.
"Something like this is just devastating, and I can't understand why somebody would want to do something like that."
And on Wednesday, another volunteer received a disturbing call from a dog owner, reporting a suspicious person at the park.
Volunteer Sarah Thornton wants to take action: "We have to take it to the point where if somebody was going to give something poisonous to our child...we need to look at it that way and band together and report it."
The volunteers have vowed to sick together and keep an eye out for the suspicious man, and to keep all the dogs in the park safe.
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