Canyon Mansfield, age 14 and his dog Casey were sprayed with M-44 cyanide injector Photo courtesy: Theresa Mansfield

How scary is this?  Having lived my whole life in an urban setting, I am not familiar with M-44 cyanide injectors, rat poisoning and recently dry ice (yes, dry ice) in NYC parks but not cyanide injectors*.

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The family of a teenage boy sprayed by a cyanide explosive that killed their dog is outraged they weren’t told the device was planted near their home, the East Idaho News reports.

Canyon Mansfield, 14, went on a walk Thursday afternoon with his family’s 3-year-old yellow Labrador, Casey, on a hill behind their Pocatello home on Buck Skin Road.

“I see this little pipe that looked like a sprinkler sticking out of the ground,” Canyon told EastIdahoNews.com. “I go over and touch it. Then it makes a pop sound and it spews orange gas everywhere.”

The orange gas was cyanide, and it sprayed into Canyon’s left eye and on his clothing[…]

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<span style="font-size: 8pt; font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif;">M-44 Cyanide aka Cyanide Bomb - Source: Bannock County Sheriff_s Office</span>

M-44 Cyanide aka Cyanide Bomb – Source: Bannock County Sheriff_s Office

Canyon’s dog Casey who also ingested the cyanide was not so lucky.  The yellow Labrador who instantly went into seizures died a horrible death.


*New Yorkers will know how well the dry ice works out once the weather starts to get warm.  Just putting a note on my calendar to do a follow up post in June. 😉