Dumped meat in park not poisonous

Suspicious meat dumped along the trails of Watershed Park in North Delta have tested negative for poison.

On Wednesday afternoon Delta police provided an update on the case, which has sparked much community concern from members of the public that frequent the park the past few months.

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“Dog owners and members of the community who frequent Watershed Park will be happy to know that the meat that was found in August has been tested, and the tests came back as negative for poisons,” said DPD in a post on their Facebook page. “It has been deemed that the meat dumping was not done maliciously, or with the intent to harm any animal or person. The individual responsible has been warned by police against dumping meat, and made aware of the concern it caused the community.”

In mid-August, DPD confirmed that they were contacted four times in the past two months reporting the suspicious dumping in the park. The meat was all located in the same general area – near the trail entrance by 63rd Ave.

Instances were reported to police July 17, 28, Aug. 1 and 7.

Police said typically what has occurred is seven to 10 pounds of large two to three-inch chunks of meat were left near the trail.

After the first report police stepped up patrols in the park area, and volunteers from the Community Police Office were also doing additional patrols.

While conducting those patrols on Aug. 17, officers were in the 11100 block of Kittson Parkway and identified a person of interest. The person was not arrested or charged. Additional meat was seized by police at that time including goat brain, liver, chicken, kidney and minced beef.

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