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Woman grief-stricken over poisoned pets

Blue pellets (believed to be rat poison) found in the yard of the beloved pets.

Blue pellets (believed to be rat poison) found in the yard of the beloved pets.

Ruby, the family’s other pet.

Ruby, the family’s other pet.

Kobe, the Watson’s black lab.

Kobe, the Watson’s black lab.

By Judy Reed

A Cedar Springs woman lost two beloved family dogs within hours of each other last weekend, apparently the victims of poisoning.

Nancy Watson, who lives in the City of Cedar Springs, said she woke up shortly after 8 a.m., when she heard her black lab, Kobe, stumbling around in the dining room outside her bedroom door. She knew something was terribly wrong as she watched Kobe stumble around the fenced in backyard and finally lie down, where he died. “He was just the sweetest dog,” said Watson.

Kobe had vomited something bright blue, and had bright blue dog droppings.

Watson’s father came and picked her and Kobe up, and they buried Kobe on her father’s property. Watson said that when she returned home, about 9:30, she let her other dog out, a small dog named Ruby, while she called her daughter to tell her that Kobe had just died. By 10:20, Ruby was dying at her feet, and gone within a few minutes.

Watson called police, who referred her to animal control. “The first question they asked me was, ‘is anyone out to get you?’ I’ve never had a problem in the five years I’ve lived here,” she remarked. “I love my neighbors.”

Animal Control visited Watson Tuesday. She said they did find what she believes is rat poison pellets inside the fence. The Post called Animal Control Tuesday to find out if there have been other reports of poisonings in the area, but had not yet received a call from them at press time.

Watson cannot understand who would do this. “They would’ve had to have thrown it over the fence,” she said.

Her father is also upset. “What kind of a person would do this to a family pet? They both had a very vicious, toxic death within two hours,” he said.

Anyone with information should call Animal Control at 616-632-7300.

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