Dogtown dog park in Cape Girardeau is a local hot spot for dogs and their people. It’s the only park around specifically designed for dogs and is fenced for off-leash play, exercise, and socialization. It’s a popular place.

On Tuesday, Wrecker, a regular visitor to Dogtown, went for a routine run and play with his family. Nothing appeared off during the visit, but within minutes of leaving the park Wrecker became unresponsive and had to be rushed to his veterinarian.

Wrecker died on Wednesday.

Friday morning, Jon Forbs, Wrecker’s owner, posted on Facebook that he’d received news about what had killed Wrecker.

I Just got the results of what happened to Wrecker. Apparently he was poisoned while visiting the dog park. To anyone that takes their dogs to the dog park in Cape please be careful. I don’t want you to have to go through what we are going through. To whoever left the poison better hope I never find them! – Jon Forbs, Facebook post

Up to this point the only real concern for the park’s regulars were other canine visitors that might not be vaccinated, or who might not be socialized; both legitimate concerns for dog park goers. But it is certain that no one expects their animal to be poisoned at the park.

Some questioned where else Wrecker might have been to on Tuesday, but Forbs stated that the only place Wrecker had been was at home and then Dogtown.  Wrecker had been perfectly fine prior to visiting the park but hadn’t even made it home from there before family members knew Wrecker was in trouble.

Forbs was not made aware of what kind of poison Wrecker may have gotten into so there is no way to know if it was accidental  (a herbicide or pesticide possibly) or if poison was left at the park intentionally. Either way it’s frightening.

It’s been suggested that if there was something on the ground, recent rains have likely washed it away.

If you visit Dogtown dog park in Cape Girardeau, be a little extra vigilant of your pet’s activities and behavior. Be watchful of anything foreign laying around or people acting suspiciously.

Forbs stated that he had already filed a police report.

If you have any information about this incident, or your pet has become ill after visiting the Dog Town Dog Park in Cape Girardeau, please contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department by calling (573) 335-6621.