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Animal rights charity, PETA, is offering a £1,000 reward in the hunt for those who poisoned, and killed, three dogs in a north London park.
Two bull lurchers and a springer spaniel died after swallowing poison in Fryent Country Park in Brent.
Ben Williamson from PETA said: "It is imperative that any community faced with the abuse of animals take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence. Animal abusers are a danger to everyone."
Lesley Hastings was walking her dogs at Fryent Country Park Way on Thursday evening. Two of them ate what she thought was mouldy bread. But it turned out to be poison. While she was at the vet with one dog, the other died at home.
This is such a nasty, cruel act which has killed three beloved dogs and endangered all domestic pets and wild animals, in such close proximity to a country park.
Family pets, wildlife and the amenities of a country park are factors that enhance the quality of people's lives. The owners and families of the dogs affected have suffered acute distress.
This is not simple, ignorant mischief, but criminal activity and the persons found to be responsible will be prosecuted.
– Simon Osborne, Chief Inspector for the RSPCA
We are very concerned to hear these reports.
Poisoning is a cruel and inhumane way for an animal to die and one which would have caused these dogs a great deal of suffering.
The RSPCA has offered the police any support they need in dealing with these incidents and urges anyone with any information to come forward.
- The first dog was poisoned on January 21 after eating blue tablets near a lay-by on Fryent Way, inside the park.
- On Thursday, three dogs ate poisoned meat that was left on a grass verge in Salmon Street - one of the dogs died while two others survived
- The following day two more dogs ate poisoned meat found in the undergrowth on the same street - one died and the other survived
Three dogs have been killed after being poisoned at a park in north London. Two bull lurchers and a springer spaniel died after swallowing poison in Fryent Country Park in Brent.
The RSPCA says the animals would have experienced "a great deal of suffering" before they died.
Police in Brent are warning pet owners to be vigilant after a number of dogs have died from eating poison left out on the street.
Food containing blue tablets had been planted in and around Fryent Country Park in the borough. Three dogs have died from eating the substance since January and others had to receive treatment from vets.
Met Police Sgt Peter Rowntree said:
– Sgt Peter Rowntree
"This is such a nasty, cruel act which has killed three beloved dogs and endangered all domestic pets and wild animals, in such close proximity to a country park."