City dog park closed after pet's death; Tested for rat poison

A West Ashley dog park has been closed after a person reported their dog dying after a walk through the area.

The City of Charleston closed the Bees Landing dog park on Ashley Gardens Boulevard Monday morning, and HAZMAT crews are testing the area for rat poison.

A city spokesman said the woman's veterinarian suggested the dog, named Dixie, may have been exposed to rat poison.

“The safety of the people and animals who visit our parks are our top priority,” said city of Charleston Director of Parks, Jason Kronsberg. “As a dog lover myself, I know how much Dixie will be missed, and we will not reopen the dog park until we have confirmed there is no evidence of strychnine contamination.”

More information is expected to be released after testing has been completed. The closing of the park is expected to be temporary.

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