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Metro East man says he caught neighbor trying to feed poisoned meat to dogs

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A Metro East couple is accusing their neighbor of allegedly lacing dog treats with poison and attempting to feed their dog.  (Credit: KMOV) A Metro East couple is accusing their neighbor of allegedly lacing dog treats with poison and attempting to feed their dog.  (Credit: KMOV)
A Metro East couple is accusing their neighbor of allegedly lacing dog treats with poison and attempting to feed their dog. (Credit:KMOV) A Metro East couple is accusing their neighbor of allegedly lacing dog treats with poison and attempting to feed their dog. (Credit:KMOV)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Metro East couple is accusing their neighbor of allegedly lacing dog treats with poison and attempting to feed their dog. 

Holiday Shores resident Shane Moore says he was working from home last Friday when he noticed his neighbor trying to feed his dogs meatballs.

"He was on the other side of the fence and he had his hand through the fence," said Shane Moore."I collected the meatballs and at first, I didn't process what it was but as I started walking back, it dawned on me."

Moore said the meat was laced with a weird, crystallized substance, so he called police and took his animals to the veterinarian.

"It really shook me up, really made me angry, but I'm glad that we were able to catch it," said Tracy Ross

Moore's wife, Tracy Ross, told News 4 their dogs, Fennie and Poco, are doing better.

The pair of rescue dogs spent a full day at the veterinarian after their kidneys stopped functioning correctly.

"Now, I come out with my dogs and I watch my dogs in the yard," said Ross. "How long will I have to do that?"

Ross said their dog, Bronx, died after eating a poisonous substance in 2015.

After her husband's encounter with their neighbor, Ross and other Holiday Shores residents who claim their pets also passed away after consuming poison are wary the deaths weren't accidental.

"It sure is suspicious that you have an entire neighborhood with sick, dead animals and then you catch somebody poisoning animals," said Moore.

"It's awful that people have the capacity to think of doing something like that to an animal," said Jemme McCann.

Jemme McCann lives just a few houses down from Moore and Ross.

He told News 4 his dog, Kal, had to be put down a couple months ago due to complications brought on by poison.

McCann believes the same person who tried feeding potentially harmful food to Moore's dogs is also behind Kal's death.

"Hopefully someway, somehow he will pay for what he's done, but it'll never make up for what he took from us," said McCann. "That's the bottom line."

Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon told News 4 no one is in custody in connection to this case, but there is an active investigation.

According to Captain Dixon, detectives are working to find a lab that can test the meatballs for traces of poison.

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