In the meantime, all school and public activities around the area will be halted for a further 48 hours while police continue to collect evidence, question suspects, and carry out a clean up operation.
The six people charged with the poisoning of the 200 stray dogs and other domestic animals are still being questioned by the authorities. The prosecutor of the case has revealed that those under suspicion “have some kind of link with the municipality”.
“We have six people charged as suspects, as alleged perpetrators of animal cruelty, according to the 14346 law known as Bill Sarmiento,” Eduardo Gómez, the district attorney told a local radio station in Córdoba. Gomez added that suspects “have acted in an organised way”, although the motive of the crime still remains a mystery.
The police urged the residents of Deán Funes to seek medical advice regarding the effects of the poison, although so far, no one has been affected by the toxic fumes. Police have issued a statement to warn people and advise them on taking a series of preventive measures in order to avoid contact with the toxic products.