Poisoned Pup Protest

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 9:35am

Residents construct memorial to dogs lost to neighborhood poisoner.

A number of Rankin County, Mississippi pet owners say their beloved dogs have met untimely deaths.

They believe their dogs were poisoned.

Now one of them has built a mock cemetery in his front yard.

68-year-old Jim Pippen erected the poisoned dog cemetery after he lost his 2-year old Black Labrador, Slippins, to poisoning.

He took the dog's remains to a lab for chemical analysis to be sure.

Pippen then learned that at least eight other dogs had met the same fate in the neighborhood.

They think they know the woman who did it.

When the sheriff's office couldn't get enough proof to arrest the suspect, the former U.S. Marine officer decided to engage in some psychological warfare of his own.

"I didn't know how else to approach it. I thought that maybe I'll put a mock cemetery out there and see how it works hoping it would squelch the problem in the neighborhood," Pippen said.

The poisoned dog cemetery story was broken by Jim McDowell in his blog, RezNews.com.

"The sign caught my eye, and having been a pet owner a poisoned dog cemetery, had to be a good story there," McDowell explains.

There have been no dogs lost to poisonings in two years, which has made the neighbors breathe a sigh of relief.

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