Police are investigating after receiving multiple reports of suspicious meat being dropped at Watershed Park in North Delta.
The Delta Police Department says in a press release that they’ve received four reports over the course of July and August.
Each time, the meat is located in the same area — near the trail entrance by 63rd Avenue.
Police say that each time, seven to 10 pounds of meat would be left near the trail, with chunks between two to three inches in size.
In addition to increased police patrols, volunteers have also upped the number of patrols taking place throughout the summer.
“It is unclear to what end the meat has been left in the park, and whether the meat has been contaminated with any dangerous substances, as some have suggested,” reads the police report.
“Delta police are now taking the step of sending some of the meat samples off for analysis,” says Cris Leykauf, spokesperson for Delta Police. “Many of our officers are dog owners too, and so despite this testing being complicated to arrange, they wanted to make sure they’re doing everything they can to ensure the safety of dogs here in Delta.”
Until police receive results from the testing, dogs owners are encouraged to keep their pets on leash while at Watershed Park, as well as to be mindful of anything their dog may be sniffing or eating.