Margaret Badgley said her Maltipoo "Louie" was throwing up uncontrollably Monday evening, and her Dachshund "Ladybug" also seemed to be sick. She rushed them both to the Emergency Animal Hospital. According to Badgley, veterinarians informed her that the dogs must've eaten hamburger meat, laced with antifreeze and rat poisoning.
On Wednesday morning, Badgley said Louie passed away. Ladybug is still recovering.
Badgley said someone must've thrown the meat over the fence into their backyard.
"The thought that somebody who lives in fenced distance from me threw something over the fence like that with poison in it to kill my dogs is just unfathomable," said Badgley.
"If my dogs were bothering them, they could've called me or written me an anonymous note."
Badgley said caring for the dogs has cost them more than $6,000 in veterinarian
bills. The Badgleys are offering a reward to anyone who offers information
leading to an arrest and conviction of the act. Anyone with information is asked to call (318) 865-7218.
If you would like to donate to the Louie Reward Fund, you can do so at the Willis Knighton Credit Union. Badgley said if the crime is not solved, the funds will be donated to a local animal shelter.
Caddo Parish Animal Services is investigating the case. Its Director, Everett Harris, said they are collecting evidence and can not verify at this time if the animals were intentionally poisoned. They are waiting for medical documents from veterinarians. An incident report has also been filed with the Shreveport Police Department.