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Canine killer?

Margaret Badgley says when her young dog, Louie, started acting funny, she did not initially suspect he had poison. However, she soon realized that he and her other dog, Ladybug, were fighting for their lives.

"It's very sad, I don't even think I have any tears left, I've cried so much," Margaret Badgley says.

Veterinarians at Emergency Animal Clinic immediately suspected antifreeze poisoning based on Louie's reaction, the contents of his stomach, and recent history. The Badgleys were not the first Broadmoor residents to come in for poisoning that week, and they would not be the last.

In total, the clinic saw five incidents of suspected intentional poisoning- all in Broadmoor- in about a week and a half's time.

"It kinda became apparent that something awry was going on," Dr. Randee Monceaux, the veterinarian who treated the Badgley's dogs. "And so we're trying to build a pattern. And if it continues hopefully, we can put a stop to it."

Antifreeze poisoning is an almost certain death. Badgley says it was hard to watch Louie's condition deteriorate, but she held onto hope.

"I asked if that were her pet, what would she do. She said she'd keep trying but, 'You need to know that his condition is grave."

"It's very hard to see families going through this because they're losing family members," says Monceaux. "It's very stressful on them, very stressful on us. And it's important that we put a stop to it."

Days later, the Badgleys put Louie down. Ladybug recovered, but now her owners want to know who would hurt their dogs, let alone while they were in their own backyard.

"In this case, our officers did respond and take what is referred to as an incident report," says Shreveport Police Department's Bill Goodin. "Typically, we'll take that information and forward that on to Animal Control who would be the investigating agency or entity for cases of that nature."

Because the dogs had raw ground beef in their stomachs, Badgley believes someone threw tainted beef over her back fence, and the dogs ate the evidence. Without further evidence, the Caddo Parish Animal Control cannot move forward with citations or arrests.

Badgley says her only remaining option is to hang posters in her neighborhood and at the vet's office asking anyone with information to come forward. She hopes this will prevent other dog owners from feeling the same pain as her family.

"We're heart-broken," Badgley says with tears welling in her eyes. "The thing is, he was only a year and a half old but he was my first dog that was my dog. I don't know. It still feels like it was one of my children."

Badgley says she lost a loving pet while accruing more than $4,000 in veterinarian bills. If someone comes forward with information that allows Animal Control officers to persue an animal cruelty case, she wants the responsible party to pay for those bills as well.

If you have information on the case, contact Margaret Badgley at (318) 865-7218 or Caddo Parish Animal Control at (318) 226-6624.

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