Poi­son meat ‘left for dogs in park’

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

DOG own­ers have been warned after sus­pected ‘poi­sonous meat’ was left at a park.

Two Bor­der Col­lies were treated by vets in Rawten­stall after eating the meat in Vic­to­ria Park in Hasling­den.

Po­lice con­firmed they were ‘ made aware’ of the in­ci­dent and said neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams had been in­formed.

The owner of the two dogs, who asked not to be named, said it was ‘ hor­ri­ble’ to see her beloved pets be given in­jec­tions to vomit the meat up.

The Hasling­den res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, told the Free Press that her dogs ran off to­wards the meat.

She said: “There was a man there tak­ing pho­to­graphs.

“He said his dogs had picked some meat up and were very poorly for about three days.

“As soon as I got home I rang the vets and they said the best thing to do was to bring them both in straight away.

“It was hor­ri­ble. They both had to be in­duced to vomit. The fe­male dog didn’t bring any­thing up but the male dog did.

“They both had to be blood tested and thank­fully they were both fine.

“The vets did stress that what­ever they threw back up didn’t have the chance to get into their sys­tem.”

The dog owner said she has been walk­ing in the park for ‘ years and years’ and is now hav­ing to keep her dogs, aged three and four, on a lead to pre­vent any fur­ther in­ci­dents.

She said: “Has some­body done it to kill foxes or some­thing? I don’t know.

“It’s just weird why some­body would throw big chunks of fresh meat. It just doesn’t make sense.

“Even if it wasn’t con­tam­i­nated you don’t know how long the meat could’ve been there for.

“I just don’t know what the con­se­quences could’ve been if I didn’t take them to the vets.

“I’m be­ing re­ally vig­i­lant now. I’m para­noid that there could be some­thing else there.

“I’m hav­ing to keep my dogs on a lead now but I shouldn’t have to.

“I’ve been walk­ing in that park for years and years.

“If you are go­ing to throw meat out then do it in your back yard and not a park.”

Lan­cashire Po­lice said the in­ci­dent was re­ported on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 7, at around 9.20am by staff at Vet­s4Pets.

A spokesper­son said: “They said a client had brought their dog in and was be­ing treated after eating poi­sonous, raw meat.”

Sus­pected ‘poi­sonous meat’ was left in Vic­to­ria Park, Hasling­den

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