Gunbarrel residents holding fundraiser to boost poisoned meatball case reward

Six-month-old Golden Retrieve Amos fell ill on April 14, 2014 after eating a poisoned meatball in a Gunbarrel park.

Six-month-old Golden Retrieve Amos fell ill on April 14, 2014 after eating a poisoned meatball in a Gunbarrel park. (Photo: KWGN)

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Several residents of Gunbarrel have rallied together to organize a fundraising event, which aims to increase the reward money for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for placing poisoned meatballs in a Gunbarrel park in April.

Three dogs fell ill on April 14 after ingesting meatballs that contained green pellets of a suspected a rat poison.

After law enforcement recovered about 10 poisoned meatballs from the park and its surrounding vicinity, local authorities offered a $4,500 reward.

Since then, the reward amount has steadily increased, but, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera, neighbors would like to see it bump up even more.

Sunny Monaco, whose chocolate Labrador retriever was one of the three dogs who ate the toxic food, told the newspaper she’d like to see the reward, which currently stands at $4,625, grow to $10,000.

The concerned pet owner enlisted herself to help organize the fundraiser, which will be held Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same park where the meatballs were found.

“With the fundraiser, I felt it was really important in a way to sort of stand up to this person, whoever did it,” said Monaco.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has yet to identify a suspect or any leads in the case.

A spokesperson with the office told the newspaper that investigators were waiting on DNA test results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations — the availability of these results was delayed by about three weeks.

While law enforcement searches for a suspect, all three affected dogs were reported to be recovering well.

If a suspect is not identified in the case, the reward money will be donated to the Longmont and Boulder Valley branches of the Humane Society, reported the newspaper.

Saturday’s fundraiser will be held at 5150 Buckingham Rd. in Gunbarrell and include a raffle, silent auction and  games for children, adults and pets.

This event is free and open to the public.