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Jackson poisoned in Willow Glen!

Story courtesy of the San Jose Mercury News

No new tips in case of S.J. dog poisoning
By Linda Goldston and Janice Rombeck
Mercury News

Police continued their search Tuesday for the person
who killed Jackson, but there were no new leads about
the April 15 poisoning of the Cavalier King Charles
spaniel.
There were a lot of calls to police and the Mercury
News from people wanting to help, including boosting
the reward fund. And there were television trucks on
Iris Court in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood.
But neither the detective on the case nor any of the
residents received a tip that could help solve the
mystery of who has sent threatening notes to a half
dozen pet owners on Iris Court and killed at least two
pets: Jackson nearly two weeks ago and a cat about
seven years ago.
``There are no suspects, just a bunch of people
calling wanting to help out any way they can,'' said
San Jose police detective Troy Sirmons, who returned
to the close-knit neighborhood on Tuesday in search of
more clues.
Until the case is solved, Humane Society officials
urged residents to keep their pets inside. Jackson
died after eating canned food heavily laced with
anti-freeze that was placed in Holly Kollenborn's back
yard on Iris Court.
``With this unfortunate case, people should be aware
of their pets at all times and of any strange objects
found in their yard,'' said Beth Ward, vice president
of animal and customer care for Humane Society Silicon
Valley.
Ward and other officials said they receive only a few
reports each year of confirmed animal poisonings, and
most of those are accidental. Intentional poisonings
of pets are rare, they said.
``People suspect poisonings oftentimes, but we'll send
whatever it is off to the lab and it'll come back
negative,'' said John Cicirelli, deputy director for
animal care and services for the city of San Jose.
The case in Willow Glen ``has more clues than most
cases,'' Cicirelli said. ``Usually some chunk of food
shows up in the back yard, and it's been laced with
poison, but that's all you know. There isn't a history
as there is in this case with the notes and the
poisonings.''
Cicirelli said there were 2,233 barking dog complaints
made to animal control in 2002-03, the most recent
year information is available. He urged residents to
get to know their neighbors and work out any problems.
People who live on the quiet, tree-lined Iris Court
were still shaken on Tuesday by what happened to
Jackson. They describe the street as a family-oriented
place where people look out for each other and host
neighborhood parties.
``Someone in the neighborhood wouldn't do that,'' said
Lisa Lippert, who has lived on Iris Court for six
months and already is impressed by the friendliness.
``It has to be someone not on these two streets,'' she
said, referring to Iris Court and Nevada Avenue.
Down the street, Theresa Wessels patted her
11-year-old dog, Lars, who mostly stays indoors. She
gave another dog to a relative after someone
complained about it barking and animal control
officers issued a warning.
At Willow Glen Yogurt, owner Jeff Mullen counted the
$126 he had collected on Tuesday in a paper bag set
out on a table displaying the Mercury News story about
the dog. The money will go to a group that fights
animal cruelty.

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