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Police want to hear from callers with information, poisoned pets

Various groups offer rewards for clues in the case

The apparent poisoning of at least 16 dogs at Southeast Portland's Laurelhurst Park has resulted in an overwhelming and not necessarily helpful number of calls to the detective assigned to the case, according to Sgt. Brian Schmautz, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau.

Schmautz said Wednesday that he had just spoken with Detective William Crockett, who is assigned to the investigation, and described him as 'currently overwhelmed with callers.'

'He is working through the messages and attempting to separate out the witnesses and victims from those who have strong opinions about animals but cannot provide any information about the crime,' Schmautz said.

So when, and who, do you call?

• If your dog became sick after being in Laurelhurst Park, call the police bureau's nonemergency response line, 503-823-3333.

• If you have information about this case, call 503-823-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 503-823-4357.

• If your pet develops diarrhea or severe vomiting after being in a Portland park, seek veterinary treatment. Call 503-823-3333 if your veterinarian suspects that your pet was poisoned.

• If you want to contribute to a fund for dog owners who had to seek veterinary care for their pets as a result of the apparent poisonings, or to a reward fund for information concerning the case, contact Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital at 503-228-7281. Contributions may be mailed to the hospital at 1984 N.W. Pettygrove St., Portland, OR 97209, or can be made online at www.dovelewis.org.

• Crime Stoppers and the Oregon Humane Society each has $1,000 rewards available in the case. An additional $3,403 in reward money, and $2,565 for Dove Lewis' Charlie Fund for Abused Animals, was contributed at a Wednesday night fund-raiser at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Another fund-raiser, at the pub's Southwest Capitol Highway location, was scheduled for Thursday night. And People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are offering a $5,000 reward.