Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Bicentennial Park on Tuesday after a park-goer found five meatballs scattered around the grass by the fence line.
“The meat was still cold and sweating like it had been frozen and was thawing in the sun for awhile,” the Sheriff’s Office stated on their Facebook page.
“Several were very mushy. The meat appeared have the consistency and smell of liverwurst.”
A woman’s dog ate one of the meatballs and was taken to a local veterinarian. Fortunately, X-rays revealed that the dog did not ingest any of the hooks.
Deputies said nobody saw a suspect place the meatballs out, and a total of five were confiscated. From the outside, the meatballs looked like they had small pieces of metal breaking through the top, and when deputies cut them open they contained several small fishhooks each, the report stated.
The contaminated meat was only found in the small dog park area, deputies said.