A man accused of poisoning dogs in a Statesboro neighborhood remains behind bars after being charged with five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
The poison Randall Wayne Turner, 40, Red Breast Lane, reportedly used to kill the dogs was Temik, which has been off the market for some time, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner. He and the suspect are not related.
At least three dogs were killed and more poisoned Nov. 10 in the Bel-Air subdivision. Owners discovered tainted meat in their yards, and none of the dogs killed were running loose, according to reports. All were either leashed, in their own enclosures, or tethered.
After receiving and investigating complaints from owners, Bulloch County Humane Enforcement officers turned the case over to the Statesboro Police Department.
“In the area of Camero Court and Peg Wen Boulevard (streets in Bel-Air, off Northside Drive East), several dogs were reported to have ingested meat that was laced with a poison suspected to be Temik,” Wendell Turner said. “The tainted meat was found in yards of residences in the area.”
Randall Wayne Turner “is not a resident of the area, but was contracted by a resident to do yard work and other odd jobs,” he said.
Police did not reveal Turner’s motive in the dog poisoning case. Several tests were run to determine the cause of death. Symptoms suggested Temik was the chemical used to taint the meat, which Bulloch County Humane Enforcement supervisor Joey Sanders said was mainly hamburger and other forms of beef.
According www.health24.com, a health education website, Temik has been known to be used by burglars to rid targeted houses of dogs. The poison is so strong, "One teaspoon is enough to kill a grown rhino and a mere 1 mg can kill a rodent weighing less than a kilogram — this substance is more poisonous than arsenic," the site claims.
One must have a license to purchase Temik, Sanders said.
A tip received during another incident requiring law enforcement involvement led to Randall Wayne Turner’s arrest.
Dec. 8, Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complainant in the sheriff’s office lobby who claimed she was at Turner’s Red Breast Lane home around 9:30 p.m. when he began punching her in the face, reports stated.
The complainant, who lives with Turner, said she was frying fish when the altercation began. Turner, whom she said had been drinking, pressed her arm against a furnace.
In spite of the woman having two black eyes, several bruises and a severe burn, Turner was not arrested at the time.
During the investigation into the domestic dispute, deputies received information about the dog poisoning case and turned that information over to Statesboro police, Wendell Turner said.
Statesboro Police Det. Ben Purvis investigated the case, with assistance from several sources including, Bulloch County Humane Enforcement, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro/Bulloch Regional Veterinary Hospital, Helena Chemicals, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Bayer Chemicals (manufacturer of the now discontinued Temik), he said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message beginning with “TIPSSPD” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.