DOG OWN­ERS URGED TO LOOK FOR BAITS

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Waikiki res­i­dent has warned peo­ple walk­ing their dogs to be be on the look­out for van­dalised ro­dent traps at parks and ablu­tion blocks af­ter her pet ate a pel­let of poi­son re­cently.

Mar­i­anne Day reg­u­larly walks her four- year- old golden labrador Poppy at Fan­tasy Park and along Waikiki Fore­shore Park and said she first no­ticed the ap­pear­ance of black ro­dent traps screwed to toi­let blocks at both parks two weeks ago.

On fur­ther walks she no­ticed boxes had been van­dalised, with lids pulled off some traps, oth­ers smashed and the poi­son pel­lets scat­tered next to the chil­dren’s play equip­ment at Fan­tasy Park.

Last Tues­day, Mrs Day said she found an­other empty box while walk­ing Poppy and knew the bright blue pel­lets would be some­where nearby, and on a re­turn walk on Wed­nes­day the worst hap­pened.

“The next thing I knew ( Poppy) was eat­ing some­thing blue next to the play equip­ment and I knew it was one of the pel­lets,” she said.

“I picked up what was left of the poi­son and took it and her to the vet. They told me it was a slowre­lease poi­son af­ter look­ing it up but they kept Poppy in all day.”

Af­ter an anx­ious wait, Poppy was given the all- clear on the week­end, but Mrs Day said she wor­ried other dog own­ers or chil­dren would en­counter the poi­son and not be so lucky.

The City of Rock­ing­ham has a pro­gram for pest treat­ment sched­uled for all in­fra­struc­ture within its bound­ary, with a new pest con­trac­tor hav­ing re­cently placed ro­dent traps at the parks.

Af­ter be­ing made aware of the is­sue, the City said on so­cial me­dia the con­trac­tor would en­sure ro­dent traps would not be placed in “vis­i­ble ar­eas of high pub­lic traf­fic” in fu­ture.

Mar­i­anne Day's four- year- old golden labrador was given the all- clear on the week­end af­ter the dog ate poi­son from a van­dalised ro­dent trap re­cently.

Pic­ture: Mar­i­anne Day

One of the van­dalised ro­dent traps.

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