A SERIAL dog poisoner killed a family pet within minutes and left two others seriously ill.
Lyndsey Coates and her family today dubbed the sick yobs “evil” after discovering their Border Lakeland terriers Fern and her pup Burt had been poisoned.
The thugs are also thought to have targeted one of Lyndsey’s neighbours, who has a 10-month-old Scottie dog.
Lyndsey, husband Jason and their three children, aged two, four and 10, had returned to their Hetton home from an evening out and let two of their four dogs into the garden for a couple of minutes.
But when they got back inside the house, Lyndsey, 35, heard them being violently sick.
She said: “I went running in to see what the noise was.
“When I got there, Burt was already dead. It took minutes.
“Fern had run off into the garden because I think she was scared. When we picked her up she’d got all of this stuff coming out of her, it was awful.”
Both dogs were taken straight to the vets and tests later revealing the dogs had been poisoned.
Burt has been cremated and Fern is recovering at their Claypath Road home.
Lyndsey, who also has Border terrier Ollie and German pointer Tyler, said: “I’m absolutely devastated because the dogs are part of the family.
“We’ve got our three children and we had the four dogs and we were like a tribe going out together.
“We can’t imagine life without the dogs, we all love them so much.
“It’s dreadful and I’ve never experienced anything like this. I don’t know how anyone could be so evil.
“The other thing is that could have easily been the kids that ate that.
The next day, Lyndsey found meat peppered with what looked like small black seeds in it.
It has been sent off for testing along with some of the dogs’ vomit.
Police are now investigating both incidents, which are believed to have happened at about the same time on Saturday, about 9.30pm.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove, who covers the area, said: “Understandably, the owners of the dogs are distraught at what happened.
“It looks like all three dogs have eaten something which has sadly killed the puppy and caused the two dogs to be seriously ill and our initial enquiries lead us to believe it is some sort of poison that has caused this.
“I’d urge dog owners in the area to be extra cautious about what their dogs are eating and check any areas to which their dogs may have access to ensure that there is nothing of a similar nature lying about.”
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.