MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis pet owners are on guard because of online rumors suggesting dogs are being poisoned at an alarmingly high rate.
WMC Action News 5 investigators reached out to Memphis Police Department to separate fact from fiction. We learned there is some truth to the rumors.
We found two cases of possible dog poisonings over the past month.
Larry Wellington's dog, Buck, died Monday.
"I'm going to miss him, because I raised him as a baby," Wellington said.
Wellington told police several guys had been cutting through his backyard lately. He said they tore up his fence, and now he fears they are responsible for killing Buck.
"To ease up there and poison somebody's dog, that ain't right. That's wrong," Wellington said.
For weeks, social media has been alive with reports of dogs being poisoned. Those rumors point to a man going around Midtown poisoning dogs at will.
WMC Action News 5 investigators called more than 40 Memphis veterinarians. Only two said they'd seen any pets with potential poisoning symptoms.
Last month, Harold Sester's dog Ice was killed after Sester said someone fed him a chlorine-laced hamburger.
Wellington said nothing can bring Buck back, but he wants to see justice served.
"They don't need to be on the streets because anybody with a heart to mess with a dog that's kind of bad," Wellington said.
Meanwhile, Memphis Police Department and Memphis Animal Services encourage anyone whose dog has been poisoned to file a police report. Turning the case over to actual investigators will help put an end to whatever is happening much faster than just posting to social media.