TORONTO — A warning has been issued to parents and pet owners after the discovery of hot dogs laced with a "suspicious substance" in a Toronto park.
Toronto Police say the frankfurters containing "an unknown substance" were located Monday in Oakvale Green Park, south of Danforth Ave. — just a couple of blocks from where a similar incident killed one pooch and made more than a dozen others sick nearly a decade ago.
"The area was checked by citizens and police for any further suspicious substances and none was found," Const. Wendy Drummond said in a statement released Wednesday.
Tests are being conducted to identify the substance found mixed into the hot dogs. So far there are no reports of animals or children becoming ill from the substance.
However, a similar scare that occurred just south of the Danforth back in February 2004 left one dog dead and 15 others sick.
Two kids with flu-like symptoms were also thought to be connected to that incident, which involved blue crystals stuffed inside of hot dogs.
It was later determined the blue crystals were a pesticide.
In the wake of this week's discovery, police are urging the public to "be alert" with children or pets while in the area and report the finding of any similar substances.
"Do not touch it," Drummond said. "Call police."
"Pets should be kept on leash to avoid consumption of any unknown substances," she added.