Farmington Hills police investigate tainted marshmallows, which may be lures to harm pets

By: Mark Vest | Farmington Press | Published January 20, 2023

 The Farmington Hills Police Department suspects that tainted marshmallows have been placed on the ground to attract and cause harm to pets in the area of 14 Mile and Farmington roads.

The Farmington Hills Police Department suspects that tainted marshmallows have been placed on the ground to attract and cause harm to pets in the area of 14 Mile and Farmington roads.

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The Farmington Hills Police Department is currently investigating several incidents in which residents have found marshmallows with tack nails or fishing hooks in them.

The marshmallows have been found placed in the front yards of homes in the area of Heritage Hills Drive and Hunters Whip Lane, which are located near 14 Mile and Farmington roads, according to a press release dated Jan. 19 from the city of Farmington Hills.

The first incident was reported to the police in May of last year, in the 30000 block of Hunters Whip Lane. 

The second incident was reported this past December, in the 33000 block of Heritage Hills Drive. 

The third incident was reported Jan. 15 in the 34000 block of Glouster Circle. 

The fourth and most recent incident was reported Jan. 18 at the intersection of Heritage Hills Drive and Hunters Whip Lane.

It is suspected that the marshmallows have been placed on the ground to attract and cause harm to pets and possibly wildlife, according to the release. 

At press time, police were not aware of any animals or individuals being harmed by the marshmallows.

According to the release, Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King is asking residents in the area to contact police if they observe an individual or individuals acting suspiciously and to “pay close attention to their pets when walking them to protect against eating these marshmallows.”

Anyone with information can contact the Farmington Hills Police Department Command Desk at (248) 871-2610.