Groups Offer $20,000 Reward in Humboldt Dog Poisoning

Posted on March 7, 2014

Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity Unite to Track Down Suspect in Fatal Dog Poisoning Amidst Controversy over d-Con Chemical Use

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Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Nyxo the dog.

HUMBOLDT, Calif. – Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is adding $10,000 to an equal reward offer from the Center for Biological Diversity, to bring the total to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for poisoning a Blue Lake, California dog with rat poison. On February 2, 2014, a ten-year-old lab mix named Nyxo ingested red meat laced with a highly toxic and controversial rat poison known as Brodifacoum, which threatens wildlife like Pacific fishers and northern spotted owls. Nyxo was the companion animal of Dr. Mourad Gabriel, a leading ecological researcher in the study of this poison and its effect on endangered species. Preliminary evidence suggests this poisoning may have been a malicious act tied to Dr. Gabriel’s controversial 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.

“Poor Nyxo was a beautiful rescue dog and did not deserve to suffer and die,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “ALDF hopes this substantial reward offer will help Humboldt law enforcement track down the dangerous individual at large who could do such a thing to a helpless family pet.”

“We condemn the use of violence to silence any scientist, researcher or citizen whose work aims to conserve wildlife and demand justice for this malicious poisoning,” said Jonathan Evans, toxics and endangered species campaign director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The reckless use and sale of these poisons must be banned to end the indiscriminate killing of pets and wildlife.”

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. Tips can also be reported to

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 675,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.  For more information visit  

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