Images of Dog-Killing Meatballs Released

2 dogs died and another became ill after ingesting

Images have been released of poison-laced meatballs that caused two dogs to die and another to become ill in Centreville, Va., with hopes that they will help lead police to an arrest.

Investigators continue to look for the person who threw the tainted meatballs into the yards of at least three homes in the same neighborhood Wednesday night.

Two dogs died Thursday after eating the tainted meat. One was a 5-month-old pit bull puppy; the other, an adult West Highland terrier. A third dog was sickened and taken to a vet for treatment, according to authorities.

The meat was found around homes in the 15000 block of Olddale Road. Police haven't figured out what kind of toxic substance was in the meat, but in the meantime, they're working with animal control officers to search the neighborhood for clues that might lead them to a suspect.

The meatballs have been sent to a local lab for analysis.

Police are warning all residents, especially those with children and small pets, to inspect their yards for anything suspicious.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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