- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey couple is seeking help from police in figuring out who keeps poisoning their beloved pets.

Seventy-six-year-old Jackson Township resident Mike Zappia tells WPVI-TV (https://6abc.cm/2hMdrB6 ) that he recently took his two six-month-old beagles to the vet after they started showing signs of illness.

The doctor determined that the puppies, named Becky and Jimmy, were weathering the effects of rat poison.

Zappia says the dogs fell ill just days after police showed up to the home he shares with his wife after a neighbor complained about their barking. Becky and Jimmy are both kept outside in backyard pens.

The family had two previous dogs die a few years back. They were also found to have ingested rat poison.

Police say they’ve forwarded the case to the local SPCA.

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