March 4 2015 Latest news:
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Claims that dogs have been poisoned in a popular Norwich park have been quashed by police – although they have urged anyone with evidence of poisoning to come forward.
Stories persistently circulating on social media have been reporting incidents of poisonings at Eaton Park on the outskirts of the city.
But police on the Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team said that despite the rumours no actual incidents have been reported to the police. Reports claimed dogs had been poisoned by pellets left in the park, while other stories online claimed razor blades had been attached to children’s play equipment.
Superintendent Dave Marshall, Norwich policing commander, said: “There are a number of rumours currently circulating about poisoning, especially on social media channels, which we’ve looked into because of the level of concern.
“We would strongly urge anyone who believes their pet has been poisoned to contact police so that we can properly investigate.”
The Friends of Eaton Park volunteer group said they agreed with the police statement and did not wish to add anything further.
But a dog-walker who lives next to Eaton Park believes her 15-month-old bull mastiff died after eating poison during a walk in Eaton Park.
She said: “I’m devastated. My dog was fully vaccinated and healthy. I took him for a walk and within hours he was being sick and I rushed him to the vet.
“He died in my arms.”
In 2011 Norfolk Police officers and RSPCA inspectors launched an inquiry after Harleston residents suspected foul play following the deaths of nine cats from the cul-de-sac of suspected anti-freeze poisoning over a two-year period.
The culprit was never found, but the RSPCA said in had not receieved any further reports of cats dying or being made seriously ill since the investigation began.
Norwich City Council confirmed that it has not been using rat poison in Eaton Park.
A spokesperson for the council said: “We are aware of these rumours and there still remains no evidence to suggest they are true.
“Staff in our parks and open spaces are aware of the situation and we ask for everyone using the parks, especially Eaton, to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to the police on the non-emergency number.”
Anyone with any information should contact Norwich South SNT on 101.
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