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Sussex police warn dog owners about poisoned sausages found on popular walking trail

Dhicon_thumb By DogHeirs Team | April 09, 2015 | Comments (2)

Cocktail sausages laced with slug pellets have been found along a popular dog walking trail in the British town of Hailsham in East Sussex.

Hailsham Police have issued a warning to dog owners to be careful after the poisoned meat was discovered by a member of the public on Cuckoo Trail in Hailsham on Wednesday April 8, 2015.

Hailsham Police released photographs of the poisoned sausages (see below).

poison sausage found in Hailsham, England on Cuckoo Trail

An RSPCA spokesman announced, "We are deeply concerned about any spate of suspected poisonings, but especially one where evidence suggests it may be deliberate. Animals, and especially dogs, are often extremely curious and will be drawn to food. Ingesting just the smallest amounts of some substances can lead to kidney failure and death."

"If anyone suspects that their dog has been poisoned they must take it to a vet immediately. If possible, they should take a sample of what the dog has eaten."

Cuckoo Trail In Hailsham

Anyone with possible information regarding the contaminated sausages should contact Hailsham Police or the RSPCA’s national cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

Training your dog to "leave it" and drop objects on command is a great precaution against threats such as these. Read our article on how to train your dog to drop objects on command here.


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Part 2.... When I first looked at this area on the map I clicked on the satellite view to get a feel for the area. I clicked on the icon for cycling trails and the trail including the cuckoo part lit up from Heathfield almost all the way to the coast. One thing I have learned over the years is that dogs and bikes usually don't get along. Sometimes dogs will chase after fast moving cyclists or dart in front of them causing a fall. Has anyone had an altercation with a cyclist involving a dog on the trail recently? Have people noticed a cyclist that is rude to dog walkers on the trail? Have their been any bad crashes involving a cyclist and a dog on the trail recently? Sometimes farmers and dogs can come into conflict. Dogs can sometimes wander onto their properties or scare livestock along fence lines. Have there been any complaints of dead farm animals involving dogs in the area recently? Were the slug pellets composed of the more common metaldehyde or the less common but more deadly methiocarb? Have there been any dogfights recently along the trail? Have any local vets in the area treated a dog for injuries received in a dog attack recently. I hope that no dogs have suffered because of this and I hope that the authorities find the individual responsible before there are any deaths. To the person that found the poison laced sausages and brought it to the attention of the authorities, I applaud you and thank you for doing the right thing. Well done.
Part 1.... Most of us have seen this type of crime before either on our local new or social media. I have seen this happen several times in my city on the local news and read stories about it happening in many different locations around the world on DogHeirs. Sometimes by examining some of the situations that can lead to a criminal act like this, one can unveil avenues of possible investigation. One of these situations we've seen before are people getting angry because of dogs defecating on their property and the owner not picking up. It's been my experience when walking my dogs over the years that dogs like to defecate where other dogs have defecated. If one or more dog owners don't pick up, it can create a very large mess. Property owners can get very angry at this in the spring after snow and ice melts away to reveal the mess underneath. From the perspective of the property owner it can feel like they are being targeted by one owner and lash out not realizing that it's more than one dog. They also get angry after they clean up their yard in the spring and find a new mess the next day along with trampled plants and flowers. Has anyone had an argument with a property owner along the trail recently? This is why it's so important that we as dog lovers pick up after our dogs. When it comes to long trails like this, cities and towns can help to deter conflicts like this by installing disposal containers for dog waste along the trail.
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