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Reward Grows To Find Person Who Placed Poisoned Meatballs In Park

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More dogs are getting sick from poisoned meatballs left in a park in Boulder County and authorities still have no idea who is responsible.

Boulder’s district attorney has increased the reward for information that might lead to an arrest to $4,500.

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Neighbors are very concerned there still may be poisonous meatballs in a park in the Gunbarrel area.

“Whoever it is, is a terrorist,” said resident Diane Magliolo.

Magliolo is now afraid to walk her dog in Buckingham Park.

Neighbors have abandoned the park since the poisoning scare earlier in the week and now they’re hoping for an arrest.

“The main disappointment is that someone would actually try to poison some of the most helpless little beings,” said Magliolo.

On Monday three dogs became ill after eating meatballs laced with rat poison left in the park, but no dogs were killed.

Sharon Massey believes the suspect lives nearby and may be upset with dog owners who don’t keep track of their pets. She has kept her dog on a leash ever since.

“He was kind of a freak about food and if there was one around, he’d be likely to find it,” said Massey.

Investigators are hoping witnesses may have seen the suspect or know where the person might be.

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett says the suspect had a direct target.

“There’s a fair amount of planning that goes into this type of thing. You have to figure out what you’re doing, sit down and form the meatballs, the whole thing. So it’s a disturbing pattern of behavior,” said Garnett.

A lab at Colorado State University is looking into exactly what kind of poison was in those meatballs but results have not returned yet.

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