Three dogs from one home in Blaine may have been poisoned.
According to an online fundraiser, the trio of shar-pei dogs fell ill from a suspected poisoning that involved oxycontin, which the FDA describes as a "strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid" that can put individuals "at risk for overdose and death."
The dogs, all brothers – Baxter, Boomer and Bowser – all become sick within the past 10 days. Boomer and Baxter died from the suspected poisoning, while Bowser is expected to survive.
Katie Saleum, the owner of the dogs, is receiving help from her friend, Katie Murphy, who launched the GoFundMe to help pay for extensive veterinary bills. Saleum told Fox 9 that 3-year-old Baxter began throwing up last Wednesday and by midday Thursday he was dead.
Five days later Boomer, a 5-year-old, became ill, followed by Bowser exhibiting similar symptoms. Boomer died, while Bowser is "doing well," the GoFundMe says.
According to an update on the GoFundMe page, oxycontin was confirmed in the dogs, prompting them to file a report with the Blaine Police Department and get the word out to anyone else in the area who may have experienced anything similar with a pet.
"If you know of anyone else in the Blaine, MN area who has experienced something similar with their dogs recently, please contact me," Murphy wrote. She listed contact information on the GoFundMe.