Investigators: Lee County pesticide incident no accident

LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Department of Pesticide Regulations has identified a pesticide that killed four dogs and contaminated more than a dozen hunters last month, and it said the incident was not as accident.

Assistant Head Cam Lay stated samples determined the substance was Temik. It's used on cotton and tobacco crops but has a limited legal use. While Temik has not been banned yet, Lay did say he believes it will be taken off the market soon because other pesticides can do the same work as Temik but with less harmful effects.

The agency further discovered the pesticide was not being used for crops. They said it was dumped at the site. Lay went on to say that it could have been used as a coyote deterrent, for amateur wildlife management, or over a neighbor dispute.

The investigation continues. The Department of Pesticide Regulations is the lead agency in the case.

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