If you're a dog owner, then you may want to pay attention. According to a recent police report, you should be wary of "suspicious meat" found in Delta park near Vancouver. In fact, so much weird meat has been found, that dog owners are being warned about it. It’s probably best you keep an eye out!
UPDATE: Delta police have identified a person of interested in the ongoing investigation regarding the suspicious dumping of meat in a city park. Despite having identified someone on Aug. 17, no one has been arrested.
EARLIER: According to a report released by the Delta police, there have been four separate occasions between July and August of this year regarding suspicious meat being found in Watershed Park in North Delta. All the located meat has been found in the same general area near the trail entrance by 63rd Avenue.
This is only the beginning of the weirdness! Police have stated that typically, there has been seven to 10 pounds of two to three-inch chunks of meat left near the trail. If the meat is contaminated or poisoned, this could pose a deadly risk to pets in the area.
Following the first of four reports, police claimed to have amped up patrols in the area. Volunteers from the Community Police Office have also been doing their fair share of additional patrols throughout the summer to figure out exactly what is going on.
At this time, Delta police say that it is “unclear to what end the meat has been left in the park, whether the meat has been contaminated with any dangerous substances, as some have suggested.”
According to police, the suspicious meat instances were reported to police on July 17 & 28, and Aug. 1 & 7.
“We understand that many dog owners in the community are concerned about this ongoing issue,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Many of our officers are dog owners too, and so despite this testing being complicated to arrange, they wanted to make sure they’re doing everything they can to ensure the safety of dogs here in Delta.”
The Delta police understand that many dog owners are concerned about the meat, and rightfully so. Leykauf has confirmed that testing is being done; however, it will take some time.
In the meantime, be sure to keep your dogs on a leash while walking in Watershed Park. Always be mindful of your surroundings and observe what your dog may be sniffing or eating.
While we may not know what the meat is or what it contains, it should go without saying that you, or your doggo, shouldn’t touch it.