Roanoke leaders say there's no truth to rumors of poisoned dog treats in parks

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ROANOKE Co., Va. (WDBJ7) -- Roanoke Co. Parks, Recreation and Tourism is clarifying a situation involving a viral Facebook post about dog treats along a greenway.

After noticing a warning on poisoned dog treats that went viral, WDBJ7 Web Staff investigated the source of the rumor.

The social media post claimed a Game Warden approached a man and warned him that people placed poisoned treats along greenways. It continued to claim the Game Warden did a sweep of Green Hill Park recently and found over 70 poisoned dog treats.

As a result of the social media post, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff launched an investigation and reported it to Roanoke Co. Police.

In a phone conversation with the Roanoke County Parks Business and Information manager, Scott Ramsburg said, "After speaking with a regional Game Warden's office, they reported there was an officer at the park who talked to a patron walking a dog and warned them that it was not a good idea to let your dog eat treats off the ground because several years ago there had been some incident on a greenway where a dog got poisoned."

Ramsburg continues, "So as a result, we believe that is the origin of the rumor and we do not have any evidence of current suspicious activity at Green Hill Park."

The initial Facebook post has since been deleted.