A warning has been issued to dog walkers following the tragic death of a Golden Retriever who passed away after eating lumps of ‘poisoned’ meat.
Oscar died in October last year after wolfing down white cubes of a meat-like substance which had been tossed on the ground in Anstruther, Fife.
Following his death, several other dogs have fallen unwell whilst walking in the surrounding areas after piles of rotting food were discovered.
The Scottish SPCA said that these other pets had thankfully recovered from their gastroenteritis symptoms but that owners should remain extra vigilant.
Reports of dumped food have been made in the Kilrenny Common, Dreelside Crawhill Farm, and Cellardyke monument areas of the seaside town.
An undercover Scottish SPCA special investigations officer who cannot be named said: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Ollie, and the suffering of other affected dogs who have thankfully recovered.
“We are urging pet owners walking their dogs in these areas to be extra vigilant.
“Whilst poisoning has not been confirmed, we would urge anyone with information to contact our helpline.
“Attempting to deliberately harm an animal is a criminal offence.
“We would always discourage members of the public from leaving food for animals in public areas as, although they may mean well, it can cause harm.
“We would encourage any owners whose dogs display similar symptoms to contact their veterinarian.
“It may be that further tests could be carried out to determine what the substance is”.
Anstruther local community councillor, Daryl Wilson: said: “Since 11 December I have received reports on a weekly basis of dogs suffering from gastrointestinal problems after eating randomly discarded meat or fish at popular dog walking areas.
“Thankfully these dogs have made a full recovery but this was not the case for poor Ollie who was just seven years old and in good health.
“I am asking dog walkers in the local community to be extra vigilant.
“It could be that someone is innocently leaving food for animals, not knowing the repercussions of this.”
If anyone has any information about this case or that poisonous substances are being deliberately used against animals, they are urged to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
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