Dog walk­ers on poi­son alert

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

An an­i­mal res­cue agency has is­sued a plea to pet own­ers af­ter a so­cial media alert about a dog be­ing ex­posed to rat poi­son­ing.

A dev­as­tated owner re­turned home from work on Mon­day Septem­ber 7 in Spring­hall to find her beloved one-year-old Jack Rus­sell dog dead.

She took him straight to a vet, who said the like­li­hood was he had eaten lethal rat poi­son­ing while on his rou­tine walk.

The heart­bro­ken owner says po­lice in­di­cated there had been sim­i­lar cases in the Cathkin Braes and Over­toun Park ar­eas.

And she urged other dog lovers to buy a muz­zle for their pets to stop them pick­ing up some­thing deadly.

Scot­tish SPCA Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn told The Re­former: “All le­gal poi­sons are supplied with strict guide­lines for use and any­one who sets poi­son with­out fol­low­ing the guide­lines is com­mit­ting an of­fence.

“Rat poi­sons should be placed so that no non­tar­get species can ac­cess poi­son.

“Any pet owner who sees any ab­nor­mal be­hav­iour in their pet should seek im­me­di­ate vet­eri­nary as­sis­tance.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gillespie of Po­lice Scot­land added: “Our ad­vice to dog own­ers or any mem­ber of the public is to con­tact us if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious in open ar­eas.”

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