Poisoned bangers in reserve
Dog owners are being warned to keep a close eye on their pets after a second poisoned sausage was found at Craigavon Park.
A dog’s stomach was pumped last week after it ate a sausage laced with a blue substance, believed to be poison.
The problem was first brought to the Auckland City Council’s attention by Mike Fish, whose dog Roxy had to be treated by a vet after eating part of a poisoned sausage at the park in May.
The Blockhouse Bay resident has only been back to the park twice since the incident and is angry to hear the poisoning is continuing.
“I thought it was over. Someone has got to sit up there and wait for them.
“If you don’t like dogs, don’t go to the park,” he says.
“It’s the tip of the iceberg. It’s a very serious thing. It might be funny for the guy but there are kids up there all the time.”
Parks services manager Mark Bowater says an environmental health officer collected a sample of the sausage and referred the incident to the police and Animal Control.
The Auckland Regional Public Heath Service is testing the blue powder found in the sausage and signs have been put up at the park to warn people.
The park was searched but no more sausages were found.
“Parks maintenance contractors will continue to be vigilant as they undertake maintenance activities,” says Mr Bowater.
The council says members of the public should not touch any food items seen in the park, but report them immediately to the council so they can be removed to prevent possible harm to the public and dogs.
Anyone with information about the sausages should contact the council on 379-2020.