RSPCA issues warning to dog owners following spate of poisonings

Posted On 03 Apr 2015 at 12:40 pm
Greenleas Recreation ground. Image taken from Google Streetview

Greenleas Recreation ground. Image taken from Google Streetview

Brighton and Hove dog walkers are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of suspected poisonings in city parks.

The latest reported victim was a dog which is said to have died yesterday after being walked in Greenleas recreation grounds in Hangleton.

RSPCA Brighton said this morning: “Unfortunately, there has been another report of a dog dying.

“Please be extra vigilant when walking your dogs and if they are prone to wandering off out of your sight perhaps for the time being keep them on a lead.

“If you live anywhere near the areas that dogs have been poisoned, think about your cats wandering around these areas too.”

Writing on the Brighton Dogwatch Facebook page, which has been at the forefront of warning dog owners of the incidents, Donna Akin said last night: “Only two weeks ago my dog was in vets for two nights with severe sickness and were convinced she ate a little poison.

“We are so scared to leave our front door with her and this now being so close to home.

“The people doing this needs poison put down there throats and see how they like it.”

Brighton Dogwatch said: “Sadly we’ve had yet another report of a dog being poisoned and even more sadly this time the dog has died.

“This time the dog ate poisoned pellets found in Greenleas park in Hangleton. We’ve heard reports from all over Brighton and we’ve also been asked what we should do about it.

“The truth is we don’t know – we’re just like you, members of the public with dogs who are worried sick about this.”

The page administrators have now set up a sister Facebook group for people to discuss what action the community can take to prevent more poisonings.

Southdown Vets, in New Church Road, Hove, has also warned people to be on their guard. It said: “Unfortunately there have been a number of cases of dog poisonings in the East Sussex area, mainly Hove and Portslade. We have seen some cases as well as other local veterinary practices.

“Dogs are picking up what seem to be rat/other poisons that have been purposely added to food such as sausages, other meats, dog treats and we have even seen grains/seeds etc.

“Poisons are coloured but cannot be easily detected by owners, especially as many dogs that are let off the lead will go and eat these poisoned foods without owners realising.

“These situations can be fatal if not seen in time. However, some signs do not always become prominent until it’s too late.

“We ask for all dog owners to be very careful in local parks, walks and woodlands especially if you have an off-lead or greedy dog. It is a very sad and unfortunate situation for both pet and owner.”

Southdown issued this list of signs of poisoning to look out for:
• Vomiting
• Diarrhoea
• Seizures
• Blood in the stool
• Lethargy
• Loss of appetite
• Bruising
• Nose bleeds
• Irregular heartbeat
• Inability to urinate

It added: “Should you feel that your dog or a dog in your care has any signs or you feel they have picked anything up which could be harmful, do contact us immediately.

“We hope that this cruel act stops very soon, as innocent dogs are being put into dangerous and fatal situations.”

  1. feline1 Reply

    This story is very concerning.
    What is the poison? Surely it can be identified. If it is sufficiently toxic to kill a dog simply if it licks its own paws, surely there’s a high risk it could also be fatal to a child, or to adults for that matter.
    Is it water soluble? Could it end up in the groundwater supply? Are Southern Water alerted and able to deal with it if it does?
    The incidents marked on the map cover several square miles! That’s a huge range, and a lot of poison. The amount of time and/or manpower to taint that spread of land would not be inconsiderable…
    Most of the sites involved are maintained by B&HCC City Parks. Have they commented on this? Could some weedkiller or fertilizer be involved?

  2. Barry Centric Reply

    This would appear to be a rat pioson. Pellets hidden in sausages and the like. Vitamin K+ could releive symptoms posibly, if given in time. A real danger is that these could be eaten by a toddler.
    This is proably the work of someone who hates dogs but may end up killing a human being.

  3. Deano Reply

    If my dog gets injured by this, I will make it my business to find the culprits and make them pay by any means necessary. If this makes me a bad person, I’m good with that.

    • Park Night Obs Squadron Leader Squiffy Reply

      It’s not that it makes you a bad person, just slightly more psychotic than the person responsible for poisoning our dogs. You’ll also attract the bonkers end of our legal system.
      What’s needed is a controlled vigilante group to routinely patrol our dog friendly spaces looking out for such things.

  4. Natalie Reply

    I find this very upsetting and it is spoiling an activity which should be a joy for dog owners and their pets. This also affects anyone who wants to use the public parks in Brighton, hove and portslade as child and adults alike may accidentally ingest the poison. We feel constantly in a state of anxiety, worrying every time we go out with our dog. It is a crime and the police should be treating it as such, however I do not feel they are taking it seriously or taking enough action to stop this from continuing. I am disgusted by this behaviour and urge the person/people involved to stop immediately.

  5. David Reply

    I live near Hove Rec and walk my dog there. I would suggest the following. The perpetrator clearly hates dogs possibly because of an incident or maybe because of all the dog poo which we all see in the Parks. There was even a very inflammatory notice from a Council Parks & Gardens worker some months last year in Hove Park referring to damage done to flowerbeds by thoughtless dog owners’ dogs. What if in this period of extra vigilance we aim to clear our Parks of poo? We could all carry extra bags and collect and clean-up wherever we see it in our daily walks to show we are not thoughtless or selfish. What do you think?

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