Dog walker dis­cov­ers rat poi­son scat­tered in park

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Poi­son has been placed in Ruther­glen’s Over­toun Park in what seems to be a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to harm dogs.

Last week Stu­art Wil­liams was walk­ing his two dogs Dy­lan and Nanook in the park on the dog walk­ing trail close to the BMX track.

Nanook was sniff­ing at some­thing and Stu­art saw what looked like a blue block. How­ever af­ter pick­ing it up, he dis­cov­ered two more.

Stu­art (57) works as a cleaner for Burns En­vi­ron­men­tal, this has in­cluded clean­ing up af­ter pest con­trollers and he was able to iden­tify the blocks as rat poi­son.

Stu­art, who lives on Cale­do­nian Av­enue, said: “There was three of them so there’s no way it could have been ac­ci­den­tally dropped, it looks like some­one has put them there de­lib­er­ately.

“It’s ac­tu­ally against reg­u­la­tions to put the blocks out in the open, they have to be in a box that only a rat can ac­cess.

“If a small dog ate it it could kill them, a big­ger dog, it would make them very ill.”

Mem­ber of com­mu­nity group Friends of Over­toun Park Lynn Sem­ple said she found the news “dis­turb­ing”.

She said: “If peo­ple are putting poi­son down in the park then it is very se­ri­ous, not just for dogs but what if a young child picked it up as well?”

Stephen Kelly, Head of Fa­cil­i­ties, Waste and Ground Ser­vices said: “Coun­cil staff have not been bait­ing ro­dents in Over­ton Park but we have re­ceived re­ports of this. We are cur­rently at­tempt­ing to as­cer­tain the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the bait and it will then be re­moved im­me­di­ately.”

Con­sta­ble Richard Sam­son of Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice said: “We will be pro­vid­ing ex­tra at­ten­tion in the park and sur­round­ing area.If any­one has any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this, please call 101 and re­port”.”

If peo­ple are putting poi­son down in the park then it is very se­ri­ous, not just for dogs but what if a young child picked it up as well Lynn Sem­ple

Dis­turb­ing find Stu­art with his dogs Dy­lan and Nanook and where he found the po­sion

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