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Dog owners beware: Potentially harmful pellets left near trees in Hertfordshire

Dog owners beware: potentially harmful pellets have been left near trees in Hertfordshire. Credit: Press Association Images.

Pink pellets that could be potentially harmful to dogs have been left at the foot of trees in Hertfordshire.

Police are urging animal owners to be vigilant following the discovery on the Wheathampstead heritage trail in Devil's Dyke.

The pellets have now been removed with samples taken for testing by officers. They were first found on Saturday January 21 but were not reported to police so they could be cleared up until January 23.

"The pellets are currently being tested but it is highly likely they could be harmful to dogs or other animals. If you were in the area with your dog over the weekend and they seem unwell, please taken them to the vet to be checked over.

"Until we know what the pellets are, we want to make sure people are aware as a precaution."

– PC Simon Tibbett.

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Two men charged with having a dangerous dog

Two men have been charged with offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act after animals were seized by police in Hertfordshire.

Christopher Smith, 20, of Goodwood Avenue in Enfield, and Jordan McIntosh, 21, of Ashcombe Road in Redhill, Surrey, are accused of having in their possession an American Pitbull Terrier.

Police seized two dogs in July this year after a car was stopped at Farm Close in Hertford.

Mr Smith has also been charged with violent behaviour in a police station and criminal damage.

They are due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on November 16.

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