Sick dogs spark beach probe call

Ayrshire Post - - News - Pippa Smith

En­vi­ron­men­tal bosses have been urged to carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the “ut­most ur­gency” fol­low­ing a spate of dogs be­com­ing sick after walk­ing on Ayr­shire’s beaches.

Fol­low­ing our spe­cial re­port last week, fur­ther dog own­ers have come for­ward and con­tacted the Post to tell us their har­row­ing tales of their pets be­com­ing “se­dated” on the sand.

But coun­cil bosses this week in­sisted there is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest any toxic or poi­sonous ma­te­rial on the beach and have urged all dog own­ers to pay at­ten­tion to sig­nage on the beaches.

And just two months ago, SEPA warned bathers to steer clear of Ayr, rat­ing the wa­ter qual­ity “poor”.

Now Bill Grant MP is urg­ing both the coun­cil and SEPA to carry out their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause with“ut­most ur­gency”.

He said: “Given

I have two dogs in my fam­ily I was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned to learn of the prob­lem of dogs be­com­ing ill after be­ing ex­er­cised on Ayr Beach. “I note South Ayr­shire Coun­cil and SEPA have been con­tacted and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing to es­tab­lish the root cause,

“I would urge them to do so with the ut­most ur­gency.

“Mean­time, I wel­come the sen­si­ble in­terim mea­sures of plac­ing warn­ing no­tices in situ and would ask that dog own­ers and dog walk­ers take heed of the safety mes­sages un­til this mat­ter is re­solved.”

Reader Jenny An­drews, who walked the beach last week with her pals and their dogs, told the Post three out of the four an­i­mals fell ill. She said: “We met up at Ayr In Idia and walked along the Seafield di­rec­tion to­wards Greenan G and we were out for around an hour. h

“When we got back to the car, my dog Lily tried to jump into the boot and a missed.

“After get­ting home, Lily was strug­gling to walk and I thought it was be­cause of her try­ing to get in into the car.

“I took her to the vets and it turned out my friend Kristin, who lives in Troon, was the same. Her dog Cooper couldn’t get out of the car and was strug­gling to walk.

Jenny said she got in con­tact with her other friend, Kristina, and her dog Bella was also strug­gling.

She in­sisted: “Their legs just didn’t seem to be work­ing and even their heads were bob­bing lethar­gi­cally.”

All three pets had to be put on a drip and ac­tive char­coal to ab­sorb any tox­ins they may have in­gested.

Jenny added: “Thank­fully they are all bounc­ing back.

“My vet had taken blood and urine sam­ples for a tox­i­col­ogy re­port - the ini­tial tests came back clear but the vet has now asked them to do ex­ten­sive test­ing.

“I think they are con­cerned that so many dogs have had some­thing in their sys­tem.”

SEPA pre­vi­ously re­vealed Ayr’s wa­ter was prone to “short term pol­lu­tion” and bathing was “not ad­vised” one to two days after heavy rain­fall.

A re­port said: “Pol­lu­tion risks in­clude agri­cul­tural run- off, sewer over­flows and sur­face wa­ter dis­charges.

“DNA trac­ing in­di­cates that hu­man sources and an­i­mal sources are con­tribut­ing to fae­cal pol­lu­tion of the bathing wa­ter.” De­spite a string of dog own­ers com­ing for­ward to re­port wor­ry­ing cases, a coun­cil spokesman said they have not re­ceived any fur­ther com­plaints of pets be­com­ing ill and they would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

He added: “Con­trary to press re­ports there is no ev­i­dence to sug­gest any toxic or poi­sonous ma­te­ri­als on the beach and we ask all dog own­ers to pay at­ten­tion to the sig­nage, stay vig­i­lant and let us know if they have fur­ther con­cerns.”

Flash­back Last week’s front page

On the mend From left, Kristina Os­to­jic with Bella, Jenny An­drews with Lily and Chloe and Kirsten McFad­den with Cooper

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