A WEEK af­ter dog own­ers in the Weshof area found eight dogs dead in their back yards, an­other nine dogs have been re­ported as poi­soned – this time in the Ko­mani Park res­i­den­tial area of Ko­mani.

The Rep re­ported (“Tragic poi­son­ing of Weshof dogs”, Oc­to­ber 13) that eight dogs had died af­ter sus­pected cases of poi­son­ing in the res­i­den­tial area over the pre­vi­ous week­end. A dou­ble cab bakkie was stolen from a nearby premises at the same time.

An irate dog owner called The Rep on Mon­day to re­port that nine dogs had been poi­soned in Ko­mani Park at the week­end with an­other two ve­hi­cles stolen.

She said the fam­ily had found their beloved pet ly­ing dead out­side on Mon­day morn­ing and had taken it to a vet for a post-mortem. The find­ings had proven that the dog had in­gested poi­son.She said she would be lay­ing charges with the po­lice this week.

Ise­bella Blig­nault, who lost two sausage dogs, said their bakkie was stolen on Satur­day night. Both their dogs had suc­cumbed to the poi­son, be­lieved to have been in­gested through pel­lets thrown onto the front lawn.

Blig­nault said res­i­dents were also con­cerned that a child could eas­ily in­gest the poi­son with fa­tal re­sults.

Un­con­firmed re­ports yes­ter­day were that a fur­ther four dogs had been poi­soned at Am­berdale just out­side the town and that a bakkie had been stolen.

State vet Dr Alan Fis­cher con­firmed that he had per­formed post-mortems on five dogs to date. The dogs had in­gested a poi­son in the form of a blue-gray gran­ule. The re­sults of the post-mortems were be­ing awaited, but Fis­cher said it was sus­pected that the poi­son was ei­ther Aldicarb, a poi­son used as an in­sec­ti­cide, or Sodium Fluro Ac­etate, also known as Two-step. He con­firmed that the poi­sons could be fa­tal to hu­mans if in­gested.

Ko­mani vet El­reza Klop­per said 23 dogs and two cats in to­tal had been re­ported as poi­soned. Three dogs were treated but failed to sur­vive. The poi­son may be a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent poi­sons mixed to­gether and was ex­tremely fast-act­ing. She urged home own­ers to in­spect their yards and to con­sider any strange sub­stances/food thrown into their yards as pos­si­bly dan­ger­ous and lethal.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni con­firmed that cases of theft of a ve­hi­cle and of cru­elty to an­i­mals were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum chair­man An­dries Sch­le­busch said the CPF was aware of the poi­son­ings and asked res­i­dents to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to him on 072-242-3261 or to the po­lice on 10111.

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