An­i­mal char­ity think pel­lets were harm­ful

Safety tips of­fered

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A wildlife char­ity are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of poi­son pel­lets in Over­toun Park.

The Scot­tish So­ci­ety for Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals ( SSPCA) have con­firmed they were in­formed about the in­ci­dent.

And they say the lo­ca­tion and amount of pel­lets sug­gest they were placed there to pur­pose­fully harm an an­i­mal.

The Re­former re­ported last week that dog walker Rob Cum­ber­land had made the wor­ry­ing dis­cov­ery.

An un­der­cover in­spec­tor from the SSPCA’s spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit said: “It looks like a whole can­is­ter was used and the coun­cil are con­fi­dent that it was not them.

“There has pre­vi­ously been a re­port of a large pile of gelled gravy in the park but we can’t say for sure if it was poi­soned.”

Mean­while, a Ruther­glen vet has sug­gested safety tips for con­cerned dog walk­ers.

Ro­nan McConville, who owns Av­enues on Wood­side Av­enue, said: “The con­cern would ob­vi­ously be ei­ther that the pel­lets are slug bait or rat poi­son be­cause ob­vi­ously some dogs will swal­low it and could be poi­soned.

“Own­ers would be ad­vised to take their dogs on a leash and take ex­tra cau­tion when out. As a pet owner my­self that’s what I would do.

“I would imag­ine it’s some­one who’s dis­grun­tled with dog poo or some­thing like that who is leav­ing the pel­lets.

“There are var­i­ous dif­fer­ent colours in th­ese sort of pel­lets, de­pend­ing on what tox­ins are con­tained in them, so they could show up in dif­fer­ent colours, not just the blue ones that have been spot­ted.

“I t ’ s some­one wi t h malev­o­lent in­ten­tions that is do­ing this.”

Con­cern The pel­lets were dis­cov­ered at this bench by Robert Cum­ber­land who was walk­ing his dog Eva

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