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UPDATED: Resident Outraged at Dog Poisoning

A San Clemente man spoke before San Clemente City Council on Tuesday, demanding justice for his poisoned dog. The district attorney is investigating.

A San Clemente family says they want justice for their dog, who they say was poisoned to death by a neighbor.

Marc and Denise Schroeder spoke at the City Council meeting Tuesday, demanding that the neighbor who put out the poisoned food the dog ate be prosecuted.

The neighbor, Ray Haines, told CBS Local he was trying to kill a possum that was tearing up his garden and he feels terrible about the death of Diablito, the small dog that ate the strychnine.

Schroeder said he had to pay $400 to have his dog autopsied to find the poison in its stomach.

Marc Schroeder said he was outraged that at first his understanding was that the poisoning was an infraction and wouldn't be prosecuted, but City Manager George Scarborough corrected him, saying the Coastal Animal Services Authority was sending the paperwork to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which would decide whether to prosecute.

"It is a criminal action to poison animals, even wildlife," Scarborough said.

City Attorney Jeff Goldfarb said the city had no authority to prosecute Haines for the alleged misdemeanor because it was part of state law.

As of Thursday, the case was not in the computer system at the Orange County District Attorney's Office, said DA spokeswoman Farrah Emami, but that doesn't mean the DA's office hasn't yet received the paperwork -- the 70,000 cases the Orange County District Attorney's Office receives each year are often routed for review to many deputy DAs before they are logged into the system.

According to the California Department of Fish and Game, only certain poisons are legally allowed to be used against pests:

Some rodent baits, for example those that contain the active ingredients chlorphacinone and diphacinone, are legal to use in outdoor areas. These products can be used to control field rodents such as gophers, voles and ground squirrels. Other rodent bait products, such as those that contain the active ingredients broadifacoum, bromodialone or difethialone, can only be used to control rodents found within structures, like rats and mice.

Read more tips for safe rodent control here.

Joker Joe August 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
jeff What a moron statement you just made! You infer that it is all right to put poison out to kill an animal! You are a loser.
Joker Joe August 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Val Exactly the way I see it. How ignorant can a neighbor be and live?
Joker Joe August 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
You ignorant people don't realize that the dog is part of a house hold. It is like a child only better. They only ask for love, food and shelter. You give the distinct impression that because he was at the neighbors he should of been poisoned. For goodness sakes, where is the human race going to if this is the consensus of you people?
Marc Schroeder August 15, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Thanks for the support Bo.
Joker Joe August 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
In that regard we are both a like. I would take no prisoners if it was my pet. Your welcome.

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