Poisoned sausages toxic to dogs found at Pevensey

The poisoned sausages

The poisoned sausages

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Just one month after poisoned sausages were found at a popular dog walking spot in Hailsham, two more walks in the area have been targeted.

Police issued a warning last month after sausages laced with slug pellets - which can be fatal for dogs - were found at the Cuckoo Trail in Hailsham.

Since then, more of the poisonous sausages have bene found at Sevenoaks Road in Langney, and at Pevensey Castle.

Sergeant Mark Ritchie said, “We are stepping up patrols in the area and putting up signs along the trail and in local vets telling people to be vigilant.

“Thankfully we have received no reports of dogs having been poisoned. The motive for the sausages having been left out is not clear. If people do see these sausages or anything similar, we advise they pick them up and remove them using gloves or dog poop bags and report the day, time and location of where they found them to police.”

Mena Field, a registered veterinary nurse at St Anne’s Veterinary group in Eastbourne gave some advice to pet owners in the area.

She said, “If the owner was to see the dog ingest the pellets, call a vet straight away.”

She said the pellets can also be poisonous to cats - but if cats or dogs are seen by a vet quickly, and treatment is started, usually they will be okay.

Symptoms to watch out for is over-salivating, vomiting, panting, diarrhoea, and the animal being wobbly on their feet, and symptoms usually start within 30 minutes up to three hours of the pellets being ingested.

Anyone with information on the pellets being planted, should call police on 101 with the reference 1380 of 08/04.

Advice

Pet Behavioural Specialist Martyn Blackmore will hold two drop in sessions for pet owners at pets2gogrooming in Pevensey, to offer advice to people what to look out for and how to teach owners how to stop their dogs picking anything up.

These sessions will be held on:

-Sunday May 10 from midday until 2pm. Owners and dogs welcome. Martyn will be present to address concerns around the “poisoned sausage” threat and the petstogo ladies will be happy to help with any grooming issues.

- Tuesday May 12 from midday to 4pm. Due to a busy salon no dogs please. Again Martyn will be present for any general advice or concerns you may have.