‘I seriously think this person is a psychopath’, someone poisons dogs in Las Vegas neighborhood
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – At least 4 dogs have been poisoned and killed in the West Valley Lakes of Las Vegas, prompting a pet owner to raise money for a private investigator.
“Every day I would let them out and they would run free in the yard,” Sean Cornwall said of his 4 Shih Tzus. “Now we only let them out when we’re here with them.”
The Cornwall Residence adjoins a stone wall on a main road through the lakes. His dog Leia died about three years ago after eating a meatball thrown over their fence.
The meat contained seeds mixed with strychnine, a common pesticide for birds and rodents.
It is deadly to dogs, causing convulsions and internal bleeding leading to death.
“I think they’re looking for dogs, making a mental note and going back and throwing stuff over the wall,” Cornwall said of the person’s tactic.
In the past eight years, 4 neighborhood dogs have been poisoned. Several others ate contaminated meat but survived with emergency care.
The last known poisoning was in November, but Cornwall fears some dog deaths could also be due to contaminated meat, but owners are simply unaware of the link.
“I think for sure this guy is still active,” Cornwall said. “Maybe not on my street right now, because everyone’s watching.”
Cornwall has set up a huge community of cameras pointing to his yard and the road behind him. There are also the 4 live security guards who can deter the serial dog killer.
Since the most recent disappearance, Cornwall has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for a personal detective. He also hopes the homeowners association and the city will install taller running lights and trim the bushes again.
“This person has eluded law enforcement for almost eight years,” reads the GoFundMe webpage. “We have to take matters into our own hands if we want to catch this person.”
Cornwall also raised a $10,000 reward with the help of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“It’s very difficult to catch this abuser because it seems like he’s coming and going,” said Councilor Victoria Seaman, who represents Ward 2, which includes the Cornwall Ward.
Seaman said Metro police are working on the case, but it could be a neighbor seeing something misplaced that could cause the case to be closed.
“We need your eyes and ears,” Seaman said, “If you see anyone in any area throwing food or something over a fence, please contact law enforcement. order.”
Cornwall fears the person has moved to another area of the city. He also noted that killing and harming animals is a gateway to other, more heinous crimes.
“I seriously think that person is a psychopath,” he said. “That’s where they start: the birds, the cats, the dogs, and they progress, through the progression to humans.”
Subway Police previously told 8 News Now that the situation is being investigated by Summerlin Area Command.
Authorities note not to let your dog eat anything out of the way and to focus on what might also be in your yard.