GUILFORD, Maine — A chunk of meat a dog carried into a Riverside Terrace home in late January tested negative for poisoning, according to police.
Some pet owners have been on edge since December 2010 after the suspicious death of a Parkman dog by antifreeze poisoning and the sickening of a dog and cat in the nearby Guilford area. The dog and cat, which survived, had exhibited symptoms similar to those of the Parkman dog before it died.
While the raw meat found in January could have been taken from somebody’s trash, the Riverside Terrace pet owner was cautious and called police.
The Parkman and Guilford incidents followed the mysterious poisonings in 2006 of five dogs that became sick and died in the Abbot and Monson region. It was believed that the dogs died from meat that had been poisoned and left in driveways.
Investigator Jamie Kane of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said he took the meat from the Guilford resident for testing and turned it over to veterinarian Donald Champlin of Parkman. The results were reported Saturday.
“We did test that, and it came back negative,” Kane said Monday. While the pet owner believed that the meat looked like small meatballs, Champlin told Kane that it appeared that the meat was dog food.
Kane said there have been no new reports of sick dogs or cats, but he has the Parkman incident under investigation.
While it is still unknown whether the pets that died or were sickened were poisoned deliberately, the Maine Friends of Animals posted a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons behind the Parkman death and the earlier poisonings of pets.