Call for calm after pets 'poisoned'
Published 10 May 2012 12:30 0 Comments
PET lovers have been advised to take sensible precautions but not be caught up in rumours or panic following the deaths of two dogs from suspected poisoning.
Councils and a vet say there has been no evidence to back up rumours on social networking sites that up to seven dogs have died and that poisoned sandwiches were left in a park.
Two dogs died - one last week and the other a week before - after visiting Heathlake nature reserve off Nine Mile Ride in Crowthorne.
Vet Nadia Mongelli, from Kynoch Vets in Crowthorne, where the dogs were treated, said it seemed they had been poisoned but it had not been possible to tell what substance it was. She said: "As far as we can know, it's two dogs and we don't know exactly what it's from yet either."
She advised dog owners: "Keep dogs on leads for the time being, be careful but there's no need to panic or spread rumours."
Wokingham Borough Council's countryside coordinator, Chris Buggy, said staff had searched the park but had seen no evidence of packets of rat poison or poisoned food, and that no sightings had been reported to them. He said: "There seems to be an awful lot of rumours flying round."
There had also been rumours that dogs had fallen ill after visiting Swinley Forest near the Look Out Discovery Centre in Nine Mile Ride, but Bracknell Forest Council said it had not received any confirmed reports of this.
Police spokesman Criag Evry said the neighbourhood police team is monitoring the situation and said: "We are advising dog owners to be vigilant and to follow the advice on posters being put up in the area."