Family loses 4 of 5 dogs in antifreeze poisoning

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A West Ashley family lost four of their five dogs after the animals ingested antifreeze, according to the Charleston Animal Society.

Charleston police are investigating the possible poisoning of the five dogs on Colleton Drive in the Byrnes Down neighborhood. {}

According to a police report, the owners found their pets (a yellow lab, a cocker spaniel, a cotonese, a havenese and a shih tzu) acting "drunk" and after a while they began to throw up.

The owner also noticed that "their water bowls had a green color to them."

The victims told police the only way into the backyard where the water bowls were located is through a locked gate. The dogs' owner told police he thinks someone snuck onto his back porch and poisoned his dogs.

CAS Officials said the five pets were brought in to Animal Care Center in West Ashley by their owner over the weekend because they were throwing up, lethargic, and acting strange.{}

According to a CAS release, the veterinarian believes the dogs were poisoned with ethylene glycol, which is a common ingredient in antifreeze.{}{}

Four of the dogs have died from kidney failure.{}

CAS officials said the dogs had no serious medical problems before and were young dogs who were loved by their owners.{}

"All of us at Charleston Animal Society are especially heartbroken by this tragedy, because four of these dogs were adopted from us over the past several years," said CAS Communications Manager Randolph Pritchard. "This situation is a reminder to all of us to use extreme caution with antifreeze if you have pets."

"Antifreeze is very sweet tasting and dogs and cats will drink it. {}Don't leave it laying around where they can get at it, and keep them out of garage and driveways where antifreeze may have leaked," said CAS Director of Public Health and Spay/Neuter Initiatives, Dr. Lucy Fuller. "Just a small amount of antifreeze can lead to kidney damage or failure in cats or dogs."

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the City of Charleston Police Department at{}(843) 720-2427.