Pet owners in an El Dorado Hills neighborhood and surrounding areas are being extra cautious after a discovery of an act that appears to be that of someone intending to hurt nearby animals.

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The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating a case in which several portions of hot dogs that had fish hooks inserted into them were found scattered about a park that is a popular destination for dog owners. The suspicious hook laced portions of meat could cause serious injury or prove to be deadly if digested by an animal, something that could took place very quickly by a pet on a walk or even a wild animal roaming the area. 

The concerning discovery took place at Governors Park in El Dorado Hills on Tuesday when a member of the public spotted the hot dog portions along the street and noticed that steel fishhooks that had been inserted into the center of the cut portion of the meat. A report was filed with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, who quickly responded to the area to investigate. Governors Park is a popular destination for local residents near the intersection of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way. 

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According to a department report, deputies thoroughly combed the area and collected the laced hot dogs. They are currently investigating the act.  With a nearby pond, some on social media and local Next Door posted, suggested the portions could have been intended for fish bait. The Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation.  

Regardless if it is a malicious act or one of negligence, the department is advising residents in the community to be “vigilant,” and aware of the potential danger as they take their pets outdoors.

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The hotdog pieces were collected, and a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident. The responding Deputy made every effort to locate all the hotdogs, however, please use caution while out walking with your animals so they do not inadvertently ingest a potentially dangerous item.

Anyone with any information or that finds such an item is urged to contact their local authorities. 

Folsom Times Staff
Author: Folsom Times Staff

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