‘Poi­son’ find

Con­cern kids or dogs could suf­fer

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Fears have been raised that dogs and even young chil­dren could be at risk af­ter sus­pi­cious ‘pel­lets’ were found in Over­toun Park.

It is sus­pected the blue items are toxic, with Face­book users say­ing they could be slug pel­lets or even rat poi­son as a pic­ture of them was posted on­line.

Fears have been raised that strange pel­lets found in Over­toun Park may by poi­sonous.

The blue items have been spot­ted by at least two mem­bers of the pub­lic at a bench near the north Mill Street en­trance to the park.

And the news has pro­moted con­cerns that some­one is putting the lives of an­i­mals, and po­ten­tially chil­dren, at risk.

Af­ter a pic­ture of the pel­lets was posted on Face­book, many peo­ple said that they recog­nised them as toxic slug pel­lets or even rat poi­son.

Both are po­ten­tially harm­ful to other wildlife, while some peo­ple have even raised con­cerns about chil­dren pick­ing them up and putting them in their mouths.

The pic­ture was posted by Robert Cum­ber­land from Fern­hill.

He was at Over­toun walk­ing his black Labrador Eva when he no­ticed the pel­lets.

He said: “Eva was about to start eat­ing it.

“There was an­other lady there who said she had no­ticed it ear­lier and it had looked like it had been mixed with Bisto.

“I am in the park most days and other dog walk­ers said it has hap­pened be­fore.

“It’s right out in the open and there’s a lot of it.

“I don’t know why some­one would do this.

“Maybe it’s be­cause some own­ers don’t clean up af­ter their dog or some­one is re­sent­ful of dogs in the park.”

Elaine Devlin, a mem­ber of the Friends of Over­toun Park group, said they had been con­tacted by a mem­ber of the pub­lic about pel­lets. She added: “We don’t know what it is.

“We had a prob­lem with rat poi­son be­fore in the park.

“Peo­ple put it on Face­book, which is great, but you need to con­tact the coun­cil if you see it and they will come out and clean it up.

“The coun­cil are good for that. No-one wants a dog or a child be­ing poi­soned.

“Please phone land ser­vices as well. The num­ber is 0303 123 1020.”

Alis­tair McKin­non, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and ground ser­vices at the coun­cil said the pel­lets had now been cleared and con­firmed coun­cil staff were not bait­ing ro­dents in the park.

He added: “The grounds op­er­a­tives who main­tain the park will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the area and clean up any fur­ther in­stances should they oc­cur.”

PC Laura Tay­lor of Ruther­glen Po­lice’s safer com­mu­ni­ties team warned that who­ever was putting the pel­lets down could be com­mit­ting a crime if they are harm­ful.

She added: “It is a crim­i­nal of­fence to wil­fully cause harm to a wild an­i­mal or dog or to ex­pose them to harm due to a reck­less act.

“I would hope that no mem­ber of the pub­lic would in­ten­tion­ally cause harm to an an­i­mal.

“Please be mind­ful of the items that you dis­card within pub­lic parks, par­tic­u­larly lit­ter, as this can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous to all types of an­i­mals.”

It’s in the open and there’s lots. I don’t know why some­one would do this

Con­cern Robert Cum­ber­land with dog Eva

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