MAURICEVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities are investigating the fatal poisoning of seven dogs in a Southeast Texas town.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/10X70jo) that strychnine was used to poison the dogs in a subdivision of Mauriceville, located about 100 miles northeast of Houston.
An eighth dog, a 7-year-old miniature schnauzer, was also poisoned but survived. The poisonings were first reported on Wednesday to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Under Texas law, intentionally poisoning an animal is a third-degree felony punishable by up to two years in state jail.
The Southeast Texas Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com