Rockingham Co. deputies investigate animal poisoning

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STONEVILLE, N.C. -- Rockingham County deputies said they’re investigating after a woman’s dog was poisoned and two other pets in the neighborhood died under suspicious circumstances.

Deputies said 71-year-old Stoneville resident Alene Hall reported that her mixed breed dog became violently ill on Aug. 16.

"We didn't know what was wrong until Friday morning, and my son found her," Hall said.

Hall told Rockingham County deputies her dog was vomiting hot dog weenies she did not feed it.

Deputies said the pet later died and an animal autopsy determined it was poisoned with antifreeze.

"All I want is, whomever did this, I hope they'll come forward and tell me that they did it, Because, that's a bad way for anyone to die," Hall pleaded.

After speaking with neighbors in the Megan Forest Drive area, where Hall lives, officials said they determined there were two other pets that recently died under suspicious circumstances.

Deputies said animal autopsies have not been performed on the other pets, so the causes of death have not been released.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information can call Rockingham County Sheriff’s Detective Mary Jane Webb at (336) 634-3238 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.

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