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ArkLaTex in Depth: Pet Poisoned

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

What should have been a time to celebrate the holidays turned into a horrible situation for one Shreveport family. Morgan Eberhardt, 23, says her sweet-natured pit bull, Dozer, was intentionally poisoned by someone.  "He was just laying on his dog bed on Monday, and I didn't think anything of it because I just thought he was tired from playing all weekend, " said Morgan Eberhardt.

It's been nearly two weeks since 4-year-old, Dozer, became sick at his home in Shreveport's Broadmoor area.  Morgan says she noticed he was lethargic and didn't want to eat. She checked his gums, and they were white.  She immediately called her mom, Toy, who rushed Dozer to the veterinarian. By that time, he had started bleeding from the mouth. "I've tried to rationalize in my mind, and I've gone over it, over and over as to how a person could do this because it's beyond my comprehension," said Toy Eberhardt.

Toy says the doctor told her that Dozer had been poisoned with rat poison. Rat poison contains anticoagulants which keep the blood from clotting. Veterinarians say the poison caused the pit bull to bleed out internally and by the time he showed signs externally, it was too late.

The Eberhardt's believe someone reached over their chain-linked fence and hand fed the poison in a treat to Dozer because of his breed. They say there was no rat poison around the house. Also, Morgan's other dog and Labrador, Judy, never got sick. The family says Judy never left Dozer's side and usually eats everything in sight.

The Eberhardt's hope their story will help protect other families from the same deadly situation. "Children, animals and the elderly. Only a coward would take advantage of them.  I am rather Nineveh. I didn't think people existed like this. I mean. You hear about it, but it's never close to home.  You think, well I can't believe that would happen. But they do walk the street and it does happen," said Toy.

Caddo Animal Control is investigating. If you know anything about this case, please call them at 318-226-6900.

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