Poisonous powder found at Buena Vista dog park: police

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Edmonton police are investigating the source of a poisonous red powder scattered around Buena Vista dog park after a woman reported her dog became ill after eating it.

West division officers were called to the park at about 6 p.m. on Saturday after a woman reported that her dog had required emergency vet care after a walk around the park at about 2 p.m.

During a search of the area, officers found 36 spots along the trail with red powder on the ground. According to a news release, there was no particular pattern.

Edmonton Fire Rescue's hazmat team arrived and ran multiple tests on the powder, and found it contained bleached flour, potassium hexaflouritide and D-ribose 5-phosphate barium salt.

EPS said fire rescue advised that those substances are poisonous when ingested.

City of Edmonton staff were instructed to clean up the powder as soon as possible. Meanwhile, police and park rangers searched the area and found more powder near Yorath House.

Police are asking anyone with information about the source of the powder to contact them, and advised dog walkers to keep their pets on-leash until the area is fully cleaned up.