'Nobody has seen anything': Forest preserve police probe claims of poison found on Morton Gr
Police with the Forest Preserves of Cook County were investigating after a social media post this week suggested there were reports of treats laced with rat poison found on a trail in Morton Grove, according to a forest preserves spokesman.
Carl Vogel, spokesman for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, said officials conducting an investigation “weren’t able to find anything, no indication.”
“They talked with some folks along the route, as well, walking their dogs,” Vogel said. “Nobody has seen anything.”
A post on the Morton Grove Animal Hospital and Boarding Kennels Facebook page, dated Dec. 24, reads, “BEWARE!!! There are reports of treats laced with rat poison on the trails of Linne Woods in Morton Grove.” The Facebook post added that dogs were “being treated at the ER currently.”
Representatives for the Morton Grove Animal Hospital and Boarding Kennels and Heartland Animal Shelter could not be immediately reached for comment.
Vogel said police from the Forest Preserves of Cook County were in the area on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, looking for evidence.
“I hate to call it an incident because we’ve found no evidence of that,” Vogel said. “We first heard about it through social media on Monday evening.”
Police said there are no open cases pending about incidents of this type, and no reports of injured animals.
“We take it very seriously,” Vogel said. “We’ve been investigating it.”
Anyone with concerns or information can contact the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department at its non-emergency line at 708-771-1001.