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Police urge vigilance after dogs are found poisoned

Police are urging dog owners that allow their pets to roam free on their property at night to be cautious following an incident in West Suffolk.

Overnight, between the Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, 2022, three dogs that were roaming free within the grounds of a rural property in West Suffolk are believed to have been deliberately poisoned. The owner found all three dogs unconscious the next morning and tests have confirmed that they had ingested Pentobarbital, which is an anaesthetic used for sedation and euthanasia in cats and dogs and only available on prescription.  The exact method of transmission isn’t known but it’s suspected the dogs were fed with food laced with the drug. The intentions of those suspected of doing this isn’t known but police believe this is likely to be the actions of would-be thieves that were disturbed.

Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural and Wildlife Policing Team said, “This is a particularly worrying incident. Criminals will go to great lengths to steal other people’s property but this is simply disgusting and wicked. The dogs involved have all made a recovery but only by early intervention and good fortune. This could easily have resulted in the dogs deaths, which is something we don’t want to see anybody suffer. With than in mind, we’d urge anybody that does allow dogs to wander free at night to reconsider their security arrangements and ensure the dogs are kept safe and secure.”

Anybody that has any information which could assist in this investigation is advised to contact Suffolk police, quoting investigation number 37/39683/22.

Website – www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Phone – Call 101

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999