Dog own­ers warned to be vig­i­lant af­ter re­ports of poi­soned meat

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

DOG own­ers are be­ing told to be on guard af­ter re­ports of poi­soned meat left on popular walk­ing routes in Hilling­don.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has put up more than 20 no­tices telling own­ers to be vig­i­lant, af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of con­tam­i­nated meat, and plan to put up more.

It comes one week af­ter the Gazette re­ported on Ollie, the healthy fiveyear-old Labrador that died from sus­pected an­tifreeze poi­son­ing in Ruis­lip.

The coun­cil no­tices have been placed over the past two weeks around Ruis­lip Woods urg­ing dog own­ers to take care of their pets.

More will soon be placed at Hog’s Back open space, in North­wood.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said it re­ceived the first of three re­ports on Jan­uary 12.

More than 20 posters have been put up at each ma­jor en­trance to Ruis­lip Woods.

They will also go up at Hog’s Back af­ter some dog walk­ers there ex­pressed con­cern to the coun­cil.

The spokesper­son said coun­cil of­fi­cials will also be car­ry­ing out ex­tra pa­trols around Ruis­lip Woods.

None of the ve­teri­nary prac­tices con­tacted this week by the Gazette and get west lon­don said they had treated poi­soned dogs, but Gemma Tay­lor, a vet nurse at Ar­den House, in Hare­field, said: “We’ve had no sus­pected cases here but I am warn­ing ev­ery dog owner who comes in here to be care­ful.”

The coun­cil is urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call po­lice on 101.

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