POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:33pm
DOÑA ANA COUNTY - A string of possible animal poisoning cases in Anthony, NM has urged the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department task force and veterinarian to issue some life-saving measures pet owners should take in the event they suspect a pet may have been poisoned:
1. Take your animal to a veterinarian immediately. Both Las Cruces and El Paso have emergency vet clinics with after-hours care.
2. Inform the veterinary clinic you suspect poisoning so they can run appropriate laboratory tests and collect any evidence. The animal owner will need to authorize the veterinarian to release the information to law enforcement.
3. Keep humans and other animals clear of the area in which the possibly poisoned animal was present. Pet owners should prevent exposure to potential poison sources such tainted food, treats, deceased rodents, vomit, etc.
4. Once the animal has been taken to the veterinary clinic, ask them to preserve any vomit or suspicious material, and immediately take it to your local law enforcement agency.
5. Make sure to have copies of all your pet's medical records for law enforcement officers to review.
Pet owners should also contact Doña Ana County Animal Control at (575) 526-0795 to report all suspected poisoning cases. (For El Paso Animal Control, call (915) 842-1000.