Alarm over dog baits

PELLETS FOUND IN MULLALOO PARK

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

CHOCOLATE cake laced with what ap­pears to be poi­son has been found at a pop­u­lar park for dog walk­ers in Mullaloo.

Chris Gib­son, who owns nearby an­i­mal-friendly The Yellow Bour­bon Cof­fee Shop, said he found cake in a plas­tic take­away con­tainer with what looked like “green slug pellets” pushed in and around it at Cha­ro­nia Park on May 22. Mr Gib­son oc­ca­sion­ally takes his pet fer­ret to the park.

He wrapped the cake in a bag and dis­posed of it be­fore putting a warn­ing out through his busi­ness’s Facebook page.

He said an­other park user also found a baited cake and handed it in to a worker at nearby IGA, who re­ported it to author­i­ties.

“I’ve known bait­ing with slug pellets, but usu­ally on meat; never heard of cake, hence why I warned ev­ery­one” Mr Gib­son said. “I’d hate to see some an­i­mal in­jured be­cause of some­one’s stu­pid­ity.”

Mr Gib­son was un­sure if any park users re­sented the pres­ence of an­i­mals be­cause he mostly dealt with pet own­ers at his cafe.

“My cafe is very an­i­mal friendly and I guess if some­one did have an is­sue (with an­i­mals), they prob­a­bly wouldn’t be com­ing (to the cafe),” he said. “But lots of dogs come to the cen­tre and the field.”

The West­ern Aus­tralia Lost Pet Reg­is­ter Facebook page put a warn­ing out on Fri­day about more baits found in the park.

City of Joon­dalup chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry Hunt con­firmed the City was aware of the find.

“The City has been en­gag­ing with a mem­ber of the public on this mat­ter but is not in a po­si­tion to say whether rat poi­son pellets were present at Cha­ro­nia Park on Tues­day, May 22,” he said.

He en­cour­aged res­i­dents to re­port such mat­ters to the po­lice and the City on 1300 655 860 or www.joon­dalup.wa.gov. au “to en­sure they can be in­ves­ti­gated in a timely man­ner.”

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