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SEATTLE -- Pet owners in Greenwood are outraged after someone purposely dumped cayenne pepper all over an area.

They claim it burned a dog's paws and could make others sick.

It's absolutely despicable, their intentions is what scares me, said Monica Gujral Wallace, whose dog was burned by the pepper.

Emptied out bottles of pepper are scattered on the ground. Piles of the spice were purposely put there for pets.

How does that even get into your head? Are you that evil? said Gujral Wallace.

Gujral Wallace was walking her dog Buddha on Sunday when she came in contact with it.

It's burned the legs of my dog, it's caused several hundred dollars in vet bills, she said.

While cayenne pepper isn't toxic, veterinarians say it causes a burning sensation and can be worse if swallowed.

It upsets the stomach, burns the inside and may cause a little diarrhea, said Dr. Zile Singh, a veterinarian at Greenwood Animal Hospital.

Fredda Starr is the person responsible.

The property manager of the Greenwood Court Manor apartments says people weren't picking up after their pets.

I do love dogs but I don't like all the poo that they leave over the ground, said Starr.

She agreed to stop.

I'm sorry that it hurt the little dog, what I'm going to do is dilute it as best Ican and put up some signs, she said.

Gujral Wallace says she plans to get the community involved in keeping the area clean.

While a complaint was filed with Seattle Police, Starr wasn't charged with any crime.

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