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Cranbrook friends - the results are back from the dogs who passed away after being in the Cranbrook Community Forest.

The substance is not naturally occurring and the police are moving forward with a criminal investigation.

Please leash your dogs and also watch your kids if they are playing off trail.

Results from the necropsy and toxicology came back confirming a foreign toxic substance found in both dogs sent for testing at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. This means that we are confident in saying that this is not a naturally occurring substance, and this is not an environmental issue. This supports the RCMP’s Investigation into criminal behavior. At this point, we cannot release the identity of the substance as it is a key part of an ongoing criminal case. On that note, we urge anyone who may have any information to call the Cranbrook RCMP (250-489-3471) or Crimestoppers (1-800-222-8477) or visit

We also advise you to still be cautious in the area, or avoid it all together. Any suspicious activity or information should be reported to the RCMP.

We care very much for the heath of your animals so we hope you share this information with our community. We would also like to give a special Thank You to Lisa Cox of the Recreation Sites and Trails BC for a massive financial contribution. Also, we would like to thank the Cranbrook RCMP for taking this case very seriously and pursuing investigation, as well as Cranbrook Veterinary Hospital and Tanglefoot Veterinary Services for their assistance as well.

Thank you, Steeples Veterinary Clinic

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