A Lubbock family says someone poisoned their family pet because of their political preference. The Neuling family tells NewsChannel 11 it feels like they've lost a member of their family, and they believe someone intentionally took him away. They believe it's all because they put out campaign signs supporting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.
The Neulings tell us they picked up their Obama signs last Monday and placed them in their front yard. The next morning they discovered their dog Jude was sick. Last Thursday, Jude died.
The family says they didn't think about him possibly being poisoned until they found a small bag of meat thrown in their back yard. They say it was torn at the end, where Jude most likely ate it, and say they didn't put it back there. "It's beyond coincidence that the day after the signs were put up, the dog was ill," owner Mark Neuling said.
The Neulings moved to Lubbock this summer, and they say they've never had any complaints from their neighbors about their dogs. Mark tells us while his signs are down now, it won't keep him from voting for his candidate. "Some people just don't want you to have your own point of view, which I find extremely sad," Neuling said.
The Neulings cannot prove someone did this maliciously, but they would appreciate anyone who saw anything suspicious around 91st and Abbeville Avenue last week to give Crime Line a call. That number is (806) 741-1000.