Delta police identify person of interest in investigation into suspicious meat left in park

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      As an investigation continues into mysterious meat being deposited in a park in Delta, the Delta Police Department (DPD) announced today (August 19) that they have identified a person of interest.

      On August 13, the DPD issued a warning to dog owners that from July 17 to August 7, they had received four separate reports of suspicious chunks of meat found near a trail entrance by 63rd Avenue of Watershed Park in North Delta.

      Then around 2:05 p.m. on August 17, Delta police were on patrol in the 11100 block of Kittson Parkway when they identified a person of interest in the park.

      Officers seized meat from the individual, and were told that the meat included chicken, minced beef, goat brain, liver, and kidney.

      Police are still awaiting test results to determine if meat that had been found on previous occasions had been contaminated with dangerous substances.

      Delta police have consulted with local veterinarians if there are any spikes in animal poisoning in Metro Vancouver. As of August 16, no dogs have been reported as being poisoned from the meat in the park.

      The investigation remains ongoing and no arrests have been made yet.

      The DPD had previously advised dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes when in Watershed Park and to remain alert about anything their dog is sniffing or eating in or near the park.