1080 Poison


1080 (Sodium Fluoroacetate) is a super toxin used to kill wild animal species thought to be in ‘pest’ proportions. With no ability to be target specific, its odorless and tasteless properties mean that any animal can succumb to the effects.  Worst of all, there’s no antidote.  In companion dogs, symptoms can occur up to 6 hours after ingestion and can last up to 48 hours before death.  1080 is a chemical of security concern to Australia and is banned in nearly every country except Australia and New Zealand.

5 dogs dead in 5 hours. 



Donna Taylor took her five dogs on an early morning trail walk through a state forest where domestic animals are permitted on September 4, 2020.  An hour later her and her partner Candice watched helplessly as one by one their beloved pets succumbed to what was later determined to be 1080 poisoning.  Kobi the Border Collie began howling and frantically thrashing around the property until he finally began convulsing. Noticing the same behavior in their Blue Heeler, they rushed the animals to the vet.  In the 30 minutes it took them to arrive, both dogs were dead. By the time they arrived home all remaining dogs had died. 

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