updated 11/12/2010 10:52:59 AM ET 2010-11-12T15:52:59

Police and animal control officers are investigating the deaths of six pets in Powell County.

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All of the animals appear to have eaten hot dogs laced with pesticide, according to a report by WKYT-TV in Lexington.

Investigators say the hot dogs were left in fields near the homes of the pet owners.

State police say it is a method that is sometimes used to kill coyotes, but they're not convinced the pet deaths are accidental.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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