Out­rage over rat poi­son scat­tered in pub­lic park

Pel­lets a dan­ger to an­i­mals as well as young­sters

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

News that a mem­ber of the pub­lic was spread­ing rat poi­son in a Ruther­glen Park shocked ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

The Ruther­glen Re­former broke the news last week that blue pel­lets - typ­i­cally used as slug pel­lets or rat poi­son - were found in Over­toun Park.

Shop­pers in Burn­side last week told the Re­former they were out­raged.

Caitlin Gunn, who works at Ace Place Nurs­ery, said the poi­son was not only a dan­ger to an­i­mals but chil­dren too.

She said: “We take kids to the park all the time. The colour of those blue pel­lets would catch their at­ten­tion.

“If they had that on their hands and they put their hands in their mouth, it would be dan­ger­ous. They put ev­ery­thing and any­thing in their mouths.”

Fel­low shop­per Anna Crich­ton said: “We would use Over­toun Park. I’m so sur­prised that mem­bers of the pub­lic would do that; it’s so dan­ger­ous.”

Wil­liam Paterson, of Burn­side, said it posed a ma­jor risk to dogs, stat­ing it was in their na­ture to sniff things on the ground.

“I used to have two dogs, a res­cue dog from the Dog’s Trust and a poo­dle,” Wil­liam said. “I used to take the dogs for a walk in the park.

“Hope­fully they will get a hold of who­ever it was.”

Billy Robertson said he could not un­der­stand why some­one would lay poi­son in the park, but said dog foul­ing had be­come a ma­jor prob­lem in the town.

“I stay on East Main Street and across the road from me there’s a bit to­wards the rail­way where peo­ple take their dogs but they won’t pick up their fae­ces. If you took your kids there that’s dan­ger­ous.”

But he added: “What they’ve done, that’s not nice.”

Vis­i­tor to Over­toun Park Anna Crich­ton

Former dog owner Wil­liam Pat­ter­son

Think of chil­dren Caitlin Gunn

Dan­ger­ous Billy Robertson

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