ALDF Offers $20K Reward to Help Find Dog Poisoner

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on March 7, 2014

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is adding $10,000 to a reward offer from the Center for Biological Diversity, to bring the total to $20,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in an illegal and cruel act of dog poisoning in Blue Lake, California.


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Nyxo was a ten-year-old lab mix and the companion of Dr. Mourad Gabriel and his family. On the night of February 2, 2014, the Northern California dog, “Nyxo,” was playing in his backyard when he apparently ingested meat laced with a highly toxic and controversial rat poison. Dr. Gabriel woke the next morning to find Nyxo vomiting and having seizures. Although Nyxo was rushed to an animal hospital in Arcata, Nyxo passed away. A necropsy performed by the University of California at Davis concluded Nyxo had been poisoned by a substance known as brodifacoum, which frequently threatens wildlife like Pacific fishers and northern spotted owls. Dr Gabriel is a leading ecological researcher in the study of this poison and its effect on endangered species. Evidence suggests this poisoning was a malicious act tied to Dr. Gabriel’s research.

The state of California and the Environmental Protection Agency are moving towards banning hazardous d-CON products containing brodifacoum because of poisonings of children, companion animals, and wildlife. The manufacturer of d-CON, Reckitt Benckiser, is currently challenging the EPA cancellation order and brodifacoum in d-CON products is still being sold until that case is resolved.

Dr. Gabriel is co-founder and executive director of Integral Ecology Research Center, a nonprofit research organization. The Center for Biological Diversity has condemned the use of violence to silence any scientist, researcher or citizen whose work aims to conserve wildlife, and notes that this tragedy is an example of how the reckless use and sale of these poisons is ruining lives. Along with ALDF, they call for a ban on these types of poisons.

“Nyxo was a beautiful rescue dog and did not deserve to die—perhaps, as speculated, because of someone’s cruel opinions about this controversial research,” said Stephen Wells, ALDF executive director. “ALDF offers this reward to help track down the dangerous individual who could harm a helpless companion animal. Anticoagulant rodenticides put our pets and our wildlife at risk—it is time to ban these substances.”

If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons involved, please contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at 707-795-2533, x1010 or write to

17 thoughts on “ALDF Offers $20K Reward to Help Find Dog Poisoner

  1. Holly VH says:

    Big money does anything it wants, including poisoning a family pet in his own backyard. If this is tied to Dr.s research, which seems obvious to me, the good guys will never be able to apprehend the perp(s). I also fear that there will be more poisonings. If this is big money lobbyists at work perhaps its partially funded by taxpayers dollars, further injustice. I pray that you are able to apprehend and bring into the spotlight the [organization] or those responsible for this heinous crime.

  2. Just Carla says:

    Beyond the motivation for any person/corporation/manufacturer/political party to do something as horrendous as this to ANY animal, we need to be more vocal and more relentless in forcing our lawmakers to enact much tougher penalties on animal abusers. From children to adults, there are too many out there doing things like this and hurting innocent beautiful animals. Harsher financial penalties, jail time, felony convictions that stay on record, and a animal abuse registry that follows this person/group forever (just like sex offender registries). When we start treating animals like living beings that deserve our aggressive protection, instead of property – like lawn furniture, only then might we actually put enough of a scare into the inhuman scum that can do something like this!

  3. Cathy Renardson says:

    Please find this dangerous criminal

  4. Gill says:

    “Nyxo was a beautiful rescue dog and did not deserve to die simply because somebody has a grudge against whatever takes the opposition,its just gross.

  5. Debbie Williams says:

    I want this person located and prosecuted!

  6. David Howland says:

    I hope somebody steps up and does the right thing, and kudos to ALDF for boosting the reward, way to go. I’ll be praying for the prosecution of this sicko.

  7. Leslie says:

    Let Nyxo’s death mobilize our communities to support banning these chemicals. The perp proved how dangerous they are.

  8. Linda Gibson says:

    How horrible, once again an innocent animal pays the price for a coward that wanted to show revenge against another human. Some people are utterly disgusting!! You know what they say, “what goes around, comes around”. Hope this holds true!

  9. HHOLLON says:

    This story scares the hell out of me. Humans can be so evil. vile and sadistic. Why/what would anyone think that killing this scientists dog would accomplish??? WHAT we need to do now is find the pervert and make sure that they spend some time in jail, get fined, get psychiatric help as they are SICK. LOOKOUT EVERYONE!!!!! A STINKEN ROTTEN COWARD AND MONSTER LURKS OUT THERE SO BEWARE!ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE ANIMALS!

  10. Arthur Kirner says:

    This could have been ingested by a kid… or kids… It is a sick act of cruelty…. Maximun penalty for the culprits..

  11. Darcie says:

    Good God and heaven above. Who could possibly do this. You are a sick monster, coward, I Pray to God they find you and lock you up. Oh and of course poison is for dinner!!!

  12. Mary says:

    After reading the story I think the dog was not the target but Dr. Mourad and this was a message to him. This is a person that is dangerous and should be found!

  13. Mario says:

    Find this scumbag and poison his dumb ass

  14. Stop cruelty to animals, a strong punishment to the abusers.

  15. Val says:

    This MONSTER must be put away from harming animals and also humans will be next if he hasn’t struck anyone yet. RIP darling Nyxo. I hope the Monster who poisoned you is punished severely.

  16. Christine says:

    I strongly agree with some of the others that this low form of life should be rounded up, locked up, and then poisoned! He had no right to bother another family’s pet that was simply out in his own yard! People who harm or kill innocent animals are sick cowards!

  17. Georgia OLKER says:

    Because of overpopulation of cats in our area those that don’t like them have poisoned many the police say it has to be proven befor they can arrest anyone in other words they have to catch them at it , we a groupe that rescue cats that have been dumped at a location for many years with no help from the county or the city of George Town S.C. It is going on everywhere here and hope leageslation wil help us save the lives of these GODS creation. Many. States have done the T N R program with much success . Many of these cats have no why out but the hwy. because it is servo undead by waterand there hit by car trying to find there home This is so heartbreaking Georgia OLKER

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