An Ecologist’s Dog Is Poisoned; Was It Retaliation for Research?

Toxicologist Mourad Gabriel is known mainly for his research on the effects of brodifacoum, a commonly used rat poison, on Northern California wildlife. That sounds fairly innocuous, even boring, at first glance. But in fact, that research might have inspired someone to kill his Labrador, Nyxo.

Nyxo died early this month. On Feb. 3, Gabriel woke up to find the dog having seizures and vomiting up red meat, even though he’d been fed only dry food. Gabriel rushed him to an animal hospital in nearby Arcata, where he died. An autopsy showed that he’d eaten red meat laced with brodifacoum, and worse, that it was most likely fed to him deliberately.

 

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