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Dog Poisoned On River Wey Towpath

Published on: 15 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 17 Apr, 2013

Surrey Police BadgeA dog is reported to have died after eating poisoned fish in Godalming on Friday (12 April). Surrey Police is investigating the incident.

Police wildlife officers are assisting the local neighbourhood policing team with the investigation into the possible poisoning incident, which took place on the tow path along the River Wey in the Peperharrow area of Godalming just after 1pm.

The dog’s owner told police she had been walking her dog along the path and when she returned to her car, she noticed that her dog had become very ill and was foaming at the mouth. The woman re-traced her steps and found pieces of what appeared to be salmon scattered along the path.

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC James Ansell, who is investigating the incident, said: “The woman took her dog to the vet and he was put on a drip, but sadly he died the following day. His owner believes the salmon had been poisoned and tests are being carried out to establish the cause of death. If the dog had eaten poisoned salmon, the next step will be to try and find out what the fish had been poisoned with.

“We are also working closely with Natural England, which has an interest in the area.”

PC Ansell continued: “The owner is understandably devastated and I am appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident to contact me as soon as possible. In the meantime, dog owners are advised to keep close control of their animals and report anything suspicious on 101, quoting incident reference number P13105019.”

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