Alarm over dog baits
PELLETS FOUND IN MULLALOO PARK
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.”