First Posted: 1/15/2009
MAXTON — Maxton police have charged a 53-year-old man with poisoning a dog and are investigating if he had anything to do with poisonings last year that killed nine animals.
Robert Earl Smith, of 103-B Azalea Court, is charged with poisoning of a canine, according to police Capt. Tammy Deese. He was jailed under a $5,000 bond.
According to Deese, the dog was poisoned on Feb. 28 when the animal ate chicken scraps that had been tainted with a chemical called Temik. The dog was taken to X-Way Road Animal Hospital for treatment and eventually released to its owner.
According to Wikipedia, Temik is a pesticide with an active ingredient of aldicarb. It is used as a pesticide to protect a range of agricultural and horticultural crops worldwide.
Detective Lt. Jamie Oxendine said police are trying to determine if Smith had a role in the deaths of nine dogs that were killed between November 2006 and March 2007.
“I’m sure the residents of Maxton will feel a lot safer,” Town Manager Katrina Tatum said. “I think it has to be a sick person to do something like that.”
Authorities believe the dogs, mostly purebreds, were poisoned after eating tainted meat that had been tossed into the yards of the homes where they lived.
“Being a pet owner myself — I have a dog I rescued through the animal cruelty — I was very upset about the whole thing,” Tatum said. “While some of them could have been the food they were eating, we knew that some of them were poisonings, and that was so horrifying to me. The thing that frightened me most is that whoever was doing this was doing it without discriminating. One of the houses had small children in it.”