Fish hooks found in meat at Volusia County dog park, deputies say

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A warning has been issued to any dog owners who take their pets to Bicentennial Park in Ormond Beach.

At least seven fish hooks were found placed in nine meatballs at the dog park Tuesday, deputies said.

Rita Michelini told Channel 9’s Lauren Seabrook that her dog, Buddy, ate one of the meatballs, but did not ingest any fish hooks. Michelini took Buddy to the veterinarian as a precaution.

"Fortunately, they took X-rays and he had not swallowed any fish hooks, which I'm extremely grateful (for), because he's my everything," Michelini said.

Photos: Fish hooks found in meat at Volusia County dog park, deputies say

A deputy searched the park along the east fence line and found a meatball in the grass, investigators said. The deputy said the meat was cold and sweating, like it had been frozen and was beginning to thaw.

Investigators believe the meat was liverwurst.

Holly Johnson and her dog were at the dog park as well when the meatballs were found.

"It's absolutely horrible. I mean, what kind of sick people are there in this world?" Johnson said. "Be diligent. Stay with your dogs. Don't let your dogs out of your sight."

The deputy said two years ago he received reports of meat stuffed with pills at the same park.

Read: Deputies: Poisoned meat placed around Ormond Beach dog park; 1 dog poisoned

Dog eats meatball with possible fish hook inside at Volusia County dog park, owner says.
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Dog eats meatball with possible fish hook inside at Volusia County dog park, owner says.
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