DUNNELLON, FL– A 36-year-old Florida man has been taken into custody after he allegedly poisoned several neighborhood pets using antifreeze and other toxins.
Jeremy Gordon Stromwall was charged with four counts of aggravated animal cruelty during a hearing on Wednesday.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says they began investigating the deaths of several pets on SW 84th Lane after a resident reported that their cat had been poisoned and that their dog was likely poisoned too.
The resident told investigators that they took their cat into the Dunnellon Animal Hospital in December after the animal started having seizures.
The cat died at the hospital and staff members at the hospital told the owner that the animal was likely poisoned.
The resident reported the incident to the police and also reported that their dog died in October after exhibiting similar symptoms.
An agricultural deputy with the sheriff’s Department performed a forensic necropsy on the cat and determined that the animal died of ethylene glycol intoxication, likely from ingesting antifreeze.
After hearing the story, another neighbor came forward to say that five of her cats have died since October.
The sheriff’s department then called in an expert from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to help with necropsies of the other pets.
Three pets were exhumed and all were determined to have been poisoned.
Authorities then identified Stromwall as their suspect after finding a bowl of tuna mixed with antifreeze outside of his home.
After getting a warrant for the home, authorities found three containers of antifreeze, a nearly empty container of antifreeze concentrate, multiple cans of tuna, and fish-flavored rat poison.
Following a police interview authorities determined that Stromwall put out the poisoned food to kill the neighborhood cats.
He is now being held at the Marion County Jail.