Meat eaten by dog at Mistletoe State Park tests positive for active pesticide ingredient

Animals and Pets

UPDATE (WJBF) – Test results have come back for the meat eaten by a local veterinarian’s dog.

Veterinarian Sammi Flynn says her dog Ripit died about one hour after he ate raw meat on a hiking trail in Mistletoe State Park. Authorities tested the substance and say the toxicology report was positive for Aldicarb and caffeine.

The reports says, “The added finding of caffeine is strongly suggestive of a pesticide misuse for the intention of baiting.”

DNR tells NewsChannel 6, baiting of any kind is illegal on state property.

According to the EPA, Aldicarb is an insecticide used on agricultural crops and it has no household uses. The EPA and the manufacturer reached an agreement to end most uses of Aldicarb in the United States in August of 2018.

According to the Department of Agriculture, there are only 2 products on the market that contain Aldicarb and you have to be approved to buy them.

Flynn tells NewsChannel 6, “We are raising reward to $10,000 for information leading to arrest of responsible person(s).”

She asks you to contact Game Warden Chris Adkins at (706) 595-4211 or the Ranger Hotline at 1-800-241-4113. with any information.

You can read the full toxicology report HERE.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they become available.


(WJBF) – GA DNR says they sent a piece of the substance the dog ate to be tested.

A reminder, the dog owner and local veterinarian Dr. Sammi Flynn thinks the meat was poisoned.

DNR had to sent the meat out of state in order to get this kind of testing done.

They are not sure when they will get the results back, but anticipate it could be as long as 2 months.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they become available.


(WJBF) – A reward is now being offered for information related to reports of poisoned hamburger meat left on a trail in Mistletoe State Park.

This comes after an incident on Tuesday when veterinarian Dr. Sammi Marlene Flynn and her husband’s dog Ripit found and ate a ball of hamburger meat on a trail in the park.

Dr. Flynn states that Ripit died an hour later at Wester Veterinarian Clinic.


Watch the full interview with Dr. Sammi Flynn below


The incident was reported to Park officials. They say they do not put poison on any of the walking trails. Dr. Flynn and her husband are now working with the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

Dr. Flynn says they saved a piece of the meat and gave it to law enforcement. DNR tells NewsChannel 6 they will test it if possible.

A $4000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction in this case. Michael Cardenaz of Zeus’s Crusaders has offered $2000. Dr. Flynn and her husband also offered up $2000.

Any donations made in Ripit’s memory should be sent to Old Dog Home of Conyers, Ga.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of the incident.

DNR asks pet owners to pay extra close attention if they plan to hike at Mistletoe State Park.

Count on NewsChannel 6 to update you on this story with more details as they become available.

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