BROKEN HEART – Pictured here is Maddox Berezay and his dog Phineus on Phineus’ first day home four years ago. Phineus died after eating raw chicken laced with poison in the backyard of their Kentwood home.

Boy loses best friend after dog poisoned

  • May. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m.

One local boy is without his best friend after his four-year-old dog was poisoned in the backyard of his Kentwood home last week.

Meghan Elgert left her home around noon on May 22nd for just over an hour. She let both of her dogs outside in the backyard to play – Phineus, a Maltese-Yorkie cross and Eva, a Labrador-Shepherd cross.

“I come home and I opened the back door and Eva ran in fine and I was calling for Phineus and I thought he was rolling in the dirt because I had just gotten his hair cut short for the summer. I go out there and he’s flopping like a fish and my heart stopped,” she said.

Elgert rushed Phineus to the vet and they discovered he had a really high temperature. He was given some anti-seizure medication and had cold packs and cold cloths on him to try to bring down his temperature.

“They sent me across the street to the vet hospital so that when they could get an IV started, someone would be with him all night. They took him back right away and they sent me home to check my backyard to see if he had gotten into anything.”

Elgert went home and once she arrived, she called for her other dog Eva.

“She comes to the top of the stairs and she is foaming at the mouth and her back end is dragging. I quickly grabbed her and loaded her up and took her to the vet too.”

Elgert then returned home to look in her backyard for any sign of what the dogs may have gotten into. “I walked around the backyard and looked in bushes and in my garden. I couldn’t find anything.”

Once back at the vet, they asked Elgert if she had fed her dogs any chicken.

“I said no. I can’t even remember the last time I ate chicken,” she said. “The vet told me they had pumped Phineus’ stomach and it was full of raw chicken and it looks like it was laced with strychnine.”

Eva was in better shape as Elgert got her to the vet extremely quickly before the poison affected her nervous system.

Both dogs stayed overnight at the emergency vet but veterinarians were unable to save Phineus.

“In that moment my heart just stopped again and it was just an emotional breakdown for me and my boy – it was horrible.”

Elgert’s son, Maddox Berezay, 9, had gotten Phineus as a Mother’s Day gift for Elgert four years ago. But it became quickly apparent that Maddox and Phineus would be best friends.

“It wasn’t my dog,” Elgert said with a laugh. “Maddox cried all day on Saturday and then he couldn’t go to sleep that night. He finally fell asleep at about 2:30 a.m. but for the rest of the night he was just screaming in his sleep, calling for Phineus. It was so hard to hear as a mom.”

Elgert has reported the incident to police and is hopeful whoever poisoned Phineus will be found and charged.

“I want to encourage other dog owners to sweep your yard before you even let your dogs out to play or keep an eye on them. Hug them everyday because you never know what could happen,” she said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would happen.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Parker Thompson makes a big splash to start the 2019 Road to Indy race season

Double victories in St. Petersburg indicate 2019 could be Thompson’s best season yet

NDP Leader Rachel Notley stops in Red Deer on campaign trail

Notley promises hospital expansion, cath lab, pipelines and energy industry expansion

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer discusses thoughts on federal budget

New federal infrastructure funding likely coming to Red Deer

Alberta Election called for April 16th

Upcoming election will be about who is fit to be Premier, says Notley

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Carbon tax, oil and gas investment dominate Day 2 of Alberta campaign

NDP pledges more oil and gas processing, UCP slams provincial and federal governments on carbon tax

Another gun seized by police in Wetaskiwin

Maskwacis RCMP arrest two youths, seize firearm in Wetaskiwin

Sundre RCMP looking for 4 missing bison

A Sundre bison rancher is missing four bison from January and RCMP ask for help from the public

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

NDP Leader Rachel Notley and United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney have officially launched campaigns

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death seeking full parole

The trial heard that Ryan was dead well before his mother called 911 to say he had stopped breathing

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read