Dog Poisoning Hysteria

By Jeannie Mac

I had seen the stories in the papers a few years ago, thought that’s a bit harsh, who would do that?

I didn’t have a dog back then, once we got our precious puppy in November last year suddenly every dog story in the press became the most important news in the world. I began to obsessively research the stories. It was then that I realised just how many cases of poison had been reported locally. Two dogs had died and many more had been hospitalised as a result from this rash of poisoning last year and its still going on. Not just in one village either – this was a wide spread activity. A whole range of popular dog walking areas had allegedly been targeted by this sicko.

 I began to obsessively research the stories.

Sausages stuffed with drugs were being hidden in the undergrowth, dogs were dying within days of eating this stuff, vets were urging all dog owners to be on the lookout for the symptoms of poisoning.

sausagesOur neighbours had blue pills thrown into their garden, little old ladies are warning us about the places to avoid and apparently the council and police are unable to stop this happening. The local fields, woodlands, open spaces and parks have all received nasty packets of evil. Collections of dog walkers are found scouring local parks to clear out the sausages of doom each time any are spotted. “If only there was CCTV” the police could act!

 

Total hysteria among the dog owning community of which I had been completely ignorant before our fur baby arrived.

fear

The drama…. the fear….. no one was saying yet what those poisoning symptoms were though.

The council officially denied there was a problem a year ago as no one had reporting anything to the Police or Council.

Total hysteria among the dog owning community of which I had been completely ignorant before our fur baby arrived. Can anything be done? Do the majority of people care? Are we forced to keep muzzles on the dogs for ever more?

Personally we are struggling to give our pup a quality of life that doesn’t result in poisoning whilst balancing this against a strong sense of fear and guilt each time we take her for a walk. The alleged poisoner is having a much wider impact by poisoning the joy we should be feeling for our newest family member.