Whitehorse RCMP and bylaw officers are investigating the sudden deaths of two dogs in Porter Creek and the illness of a third.
Preliminary testing of the deceased dogs’ tissue shows traces of a poisoning agent, RCMP Const. Julia Fox said late this morning.
Despite rumours circulating on social media that they were intentionally poisoned by rotten meat thrown into backyards, bylaw manager Dave Pruden said Tuesday that’s not yet known.
Stomach contents of the dog that survived have also been sent to a Vancouver lab for testing.
“I’d like to believe that people aren’t poisoning animals in yards,” said Pruden.
“I don’t want to get into placing a bunch of fear into people that something is happening that may not be,” he said, but added Porter Creek residents should just be cautious.