Puppy poisoned by Opiate in Public Park


2022-03-14 07:15 PDT

Four-month-old tan and white coloured Heartland Terrier puppy

View high-resolution photo: Four-month-old tan and white coloured Heartland Terrier puppy

Coquitlam RCMP are reaching out to the public as police encourage safe habits while out in public areas.

On March 7, 2022, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP received a call about a toxic poisonous substance in a heavily wooded area in Mundy Park. A Coquitlam resident was out for a walk with his four-month-old Heartland Terrier puppy (Wag), when the puppy’s nose touched a suspicious substance. Approximately forty-five minutes later the puppy was unsteady on his feet, began wavering and fell over. The owners rushed the puppy to the emergency vet hospital where the puppy tested positive for Cannabis and an Opiate.

We are happy to report that Wag is doing well and everyone is very happy with the outcome of this one, says Constable Deanna Law, spokesperson for the Coquitlam RCMP, but this incident serves as a reminder to please be aware of your surroundings.

With the weather starting to warm up and more people getting outdoors, the possibility of contact with suspicious substances drugs or drug paraphernalia increases. Contact with any amount of drugs should be completely avoided and police should be notified. If any member of the public finds illicit drugs, they should leave the area and immediately call the nonemergency line. Do not handle or touch them. Police appreciate the level of community awareness shown in regards to these incidents and encourages the public to report any suspicious circumstances to police.

Police would like to remind individuals that legalizing cannabis did not also legalize illicit drugs, or make it legal to consume or discard drugs in public. If you see a crime in progress, call 911 immediately. To report a crime that has already occurred call your local police and we will ensure that the appropriate external partner agencies/resources address the issue. To reach the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line, please call 604-945-1550.

Released by:
Cst. Deanna Law
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP-GRC


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Coquitlam RCMP Media Relations

Office: (604) 945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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