Murder mystery

Four dogs dead in Essex, at least two from carbofuran poisoning, and two deer skinned and beheaded.

“It was all close enough to make it interesting,” said Yolanta Kowalski, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Natural Resources, which investigates incidents involving wild animals. “But we didn’t determine there was any connection.”

Wood worries that the incidents will fall between the cracks of various agencies, which divide their areas of focus between wild animals, pets and the environment. The child-care worker can’t afford to pay the $400 or $500 a necropsy would cost, but feels officials somewhere should nose around more.

The Ministry of the Environment investigated the deaths of the boxers — since the animals died within 20 minutes of entering a ditch, and officials wanted to ensure a toxin was not poisoning anything that could affect humans. The MoE’s investigation confirmed that the boxers’ stomachs and livers contained carbofuran, a pesticide used to control insects in farms and fields.

How the highly toxic carbofuran entered their systems remains a mystery.

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