The Seattle Times is reporting about about Teddi, the black Pomeranian dog that was killed over the weekend after eating strychnine-laced cat food left on the dock at Elliott Bay Marina. The poison was apparently left to kill otters that climb into boats and shit everywhere. The dog's death is tragic, but the fact that boat owners there apparently think its OK to poison federally and locally protected animals like sea otters and river otters seems to be the real story.
Elliott Bay Marina Harbormaster Brian Kaloper says that boat owners complain regularly about otters hanging out on their boats, but that most set up barriers or spray the dock with coyote piss as a way of keeping them away.
"We're not sure who did it," he tells the Daily Weekly. "But sea otters are protected by federal law and river otters are protected by state law, so poisoning them is a serious crime."
Under the Federal Endangered Species Act, first offenders who kill, capture or harm an animal like a sea otter can face a maximum $2,000 fine. Repeat offenders can be in for fines of up to $10,000.
Not to mention, putting poison in pet food at a place where pets are common is just a world-class dick move, as Glenn Bonci and Joan Ronnenkamp, the bereaved owners of little Teddi can attest.