The first casualty was reported earlier this week as a woman was walking her dog in Grenchen in canton Solothurn. She noticed that her dog, Faro, was eating something and then it collapsed, online new site 20 Minuten reported.
“I saw Faro nibble something, then he started strangely licking his snout,” Faro’s 60-year-old owner told online news site Blick.
Having searched through the grass, the owner found pieces of sausage stuck with nails. She immediately took the dog home and contacted the vet.
“She sat listlessly in the corner, her eyes rolling,” the owner said.
Luckily, emergency surgery, which removed two screws from the dog’s stomach, saved the dog’s life.
The police later searched the area and found four more pieces of sausage on Saturday. More sausage had been put down when they searched once more on Tuesday.
Several people have come forward since the police called for witnesses to give statements. Similar baits have allegedly been found at other sites across the city, online news site Grenchner Tagesblatt reported.
This is not the first time in Grenchen that such traps have been found. Two years ago, other baits were set but the perpetrator was never found.
Pieces of the sausage are now being tested by forensics both for traces of poison and also for any DNA traces that the dog-hater might have left behind.
The police have a prime suspect, the Grenchner Tagesblatt reported, but sufficient evidence still needs to be gathered.