O'FALLON, MO (KTVI)-- An O'Fallon, Missouri resident is trying to solve a mystery. Her dogs are being shocked in and around her home and she's trying to figure out why.
The pet owner says she's conducted research online, has considered every possibility and has come to one conclusion that may be causing the problem.
Mandy Wissman believes the water meter reading device in her front yard is shocking her dogs.
The animals wear collars that work with an invisible fence that surrounds the perimeter of her home.
Wissman believes the water meter is transmitting electrical pulses that are affecting her pets' collars.
She placed them on the floor to show how they react in every room of her home where water lines run.
Wissman says her animals are shocked inside and outside of her house, wherever there are water pipes.
When Wissman called the city to voice concern about the water meter an official contacted the manufacturer of the water meter device.
“We found out essentially that whatever is interfering with her dog collar system, it cannot possibly be our water meters,” said Tom Drabelle, Communications Director City of O’Fallon. “Our system uses a specifically dedicated FCC radio frequency which means it is completely separate from all of those public systems that may be interfering with her system.”
Despite that, Wissman no longer wants the water meter reading device.
The manufacturer of the water meter device released a statement saying in part “That there is no aspect of the technology that would cause a shock, such as what is inherent in an invisible fence designed to keep pets in yard.”
O’Fallon made it clear it will check the device to make sure it is functioning properly.