West Vancouver police are urging residents to exercise caution and watchfulness after a local dog became suspiciously ill, earlier this week.
A local West Vancouver resident was walking their family dog on Sunday, March 25, when the dog became suddenly and unexpectedly ill. The owner and his dog were walking in the forested areas near Keith Road and Willow Creek Road – a common path for dogs and people alike.
Several days later on Wednesday, March 28, police were called and alerted that the dog had suddenly collapsed and was taken in for emergency veterinary treatment.
Luckily, the dog was successfully treated and is now recovering at home.
A blood test showed, however, that there were traces of the drug Phencyclidine (PCP) in the dog’s blood. PCP is an illegal, highly-potent street drug, originally used as a veterinary anesthetic, that exists in both liquid and powder form.
When asked, the dog owner explained to police that “the dog was not noticed ingesting anything or doing anything unusual prior to becoming ill.”
Even after extensive checks of the area, police have not yet located anything suspicious.
West Vancouver Police remind residents to remain alert while walking in public areas, especially if accompanied by small children or pets.