An­tifreeze poi­son­ing may have killed pet dog Molly

Ter­rier be­came un­well af­ter a daily walk around Ruis­lip Lido

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

A DEV­AS­TATED fam­ily from Ruis­lip be­lieve their dog may have fallen vic­tim to a spate of an­tifreeze poi­son­ings in the area.

Nine-year-old Molly died shortly af­ter one of her daily walks around Ruis­lip Lido just be­fore Christ­mas.

Now her own­ers and dog walker be­lieve she was poi­soned, af­ter read­ing re­cent re­ports in the Gazette.

Owner Becky Wil­son, mum of Sid, seven, and Leonard, two, said: “You read the sto­ries about an­tifreeze and it makes you think. It makes you won­der. We will never know 100 per cent what hap­pened to Molly, but it looks like it is an­tifreeze poi­son­ing.”

The black and white Stafford­shire bull ter­rier was be­ing taken on one of his daily walks by neigh­bour and friend Jean Woolf on De­cem­ber 19.

But fol­low­ing a lap of the lido and swim, Molly seemed un­well when she re­turned to Ms Woolf ’s home. She took the pet to Miss Wil­son and they booked an ap­point­ment at Ar­den House Vets, Ruis­lip that evening, where Molly was kept overnight.

At around mid­night, Miss Wil­son re­ceived the shock news that her dog had died.

She said: “The vet said it was some sort of tox­ins or poi­son but couldn’t tell us more un­less there were fur­ther tests, which we didn’t go for be­cause I thought it wasn’t go­ing to bring her back.”

Ms Woolf said she is cer­tain the dog was a vic­tim of the an­tifreeze poi­son­ing which re­cently claimed the life of five year-old labrador Ollie af­ter he went for a walk in woods near the Lido.

She said: “We didn’t know any­thing about the symptoms at the time, but af­ter I read about Ollie and the symptoms of an­tifreeze poi­son­ing, they ab­so­lutely 100 per cent ap­plied to Molly.”

Hilling­don Coun­cil has put up no­tices around the Lido drawing dog walk­ers’ at­ten­tion poi­son­ing.

It is also urg­ing peo­ple to re­port sus­pected cases to po­lice, some­thing Ms Woolf did on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 10.

She said Molly was in fine form dur­ing her walk, run­ning ‘like a lit­tle grey­hound’, but ap­peared list­less, ag­i­tated and tired af­ter their one-hour stroll.

She said: “I’m so up­set, this is so, so sad. It’s just hor­ri­ble. She was as much my dog as theirs – Becky would tell me that. They’re dev­as­tated, she was an in­te­gral part of their fam­ily.”

Miss Wil­son has had to ex­plain the loss of Molly to her two chil­dren. She said: “My two-year-old asks where Molly had gone, and my older one had a few mo­ments and asked ques­tions. But it was me and my part­ner Mark who bawled our eyes out.

“We had Molly nearly a decade. She wasn’t ready to go, she was fit and healthy. This is a hor­ri­ble tragedy.”



n DEV­AS­TATED: Molly died soon af­ter a walk around Ruis­lip Lido

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