May 20 2011 By Ian Proctor
A dog poisoner is targeting pets in Edgware
A POISONER is deliberately leaving adulterated meat in open space in Harrow to injure or kill dogs in an apparently sadistic vendetta against man's best friend.
One family pet had to have its stomach pumped in order to save its life after scoffing raw sausages laced with what are believe to be slug pellets in Canons Park off Donnefield Avenue in Edgware.
Sergeant Graham Couling, who runs Belmont Safer Neighbourhood Team, said his officers were investigating complaints about hunks of meat being left on the ground which had been sliced open and in which potential harmful substances had been stuffed. The blue pellets and white pills found have been sent away for forensic testing.
Sharon Graham, of The Friends of Canons Park, said: “There's been four incidents. None of the dogs have died but two of the dogs did pick up the bait and were taken straight to the vet's and in the other two the owner was able to get the meat before any harm was done to their animal.
“There's police notices up in the park warning people and it's certainly having an impact. There's fewer visitors to the park and with a loss of visitors there's obviously a loss of feeling of safety.
“Dog owners are keeping their pets on long leads all the time now, or muzzling them, and everyone is crossing the park to talk to each other about it.”
Mrs Graham added: “Canons Park is a dog friendly park. We have a high incidence of dog users. It's popular because it has very different terrain – open space and wooded areas - and the café leaves a bowl of water out for dogs.”
Sgt Couling is not discounting the theory this bizarre criminal activity is being carried out by the same individual who several years ago left steaks stuffed with needles in the same park.
Mrs Graham said: “It could be the same person. It does seem a bit of a coincidence. I don't know if any other park is suffering the same problem.”
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