Newport Police investigating nails found inside hot dogs

NEWPORT, R.I (WLNE) – Newport Police are investigating an incident where nails were found in hot dogs.

According to police, they were called to the Thurston Ave area on Monday after a resident called the department.

Police say the resident was walking his dog when he noticed hot dogs scattered on the lawns, and upon further checking it revealed that they had nails inside.

“Who would do something so awful,” said Amy Machado, who frequently walks her dog in that neighborhood. “he chances of a dog getting a hold of one of those hot dogs is pretty high. It was really upsetting.”

Many in the neighborhood said it was a very tight-knit community and to have something like this happen is something they would never imagine.

“Five minutes later the cops were here. They were pulling hot dogs from the trees and a driveway,” said Tiffany Blas, a dog owner who lives in the area. “This is where we live. I dont want to be chased out of my own street.”

Blas and Machado believe that whoever is behind it wanted to hurt the dogs in the neighborhood.

“I’ve changed enough during this COVID time. I don’t want to have to continue changing things to isolate more,” Blas said. “I would like to keep my dog on a leash, in public, and in my neighborhood.”

“I’m assuming it’s someone who lives on this street maybe that’s unhappy with a particular dog,” Machado said. “I’m just being really careful about what [my dog] is sniffing around and looking at on the ground.”

The Newport Police Department is requesting anybody with information to contact Detective Patrick Walsh at 401-845-5775.


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