Security Dogs Poisoned in South Africa by Peanut Butter-Covered Batteries

April 1, 2008

The South African Daily News ran a piece on the a current wave of dog and pet poisonings. For the complete article, go here.

It appears as if this may be related to burglary attempts as the targeted dogs appear to be large breeds used as guard dogs and security for homeowners. The two methods mentioned were meat laced with rat poison and batteries covered in peanut butter. Most large dogs would swallow these whole.

Once the battery is ingested, it begins to break down in the stomach and the battery acid is released, killing them. It also has the sad advantage of ingredients that are cheap and readily available.

This struck me particularly because I know that our two Labs would gobble up anything smaller than a car battery if it were slathered in peanut butter.


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