Police are urging dog owners who allow their pets to roam freely on their property at night to be cautious following an incident in West Suffolk.
In the night, between Thursday 23rd and Friday 24e June 2022, three dogs that roamed freely within the grounds of a rural property in West Suffolk were allegedly deliberately poisoned. The owner found the three dogs unconscious the next morning and tests confirmed they had ingested pentobarbital, which is an anesthetic used for sedation and euthanasia in cats and dogs and available only by prescription. The exact method of transmission is not known, but it is suspected that the dogs were fed food containing the drug. The intentions of those suspected of doing this are not known, but police believe it was likely the actions of would-be thieves who were disturbed.
Sergeant Brian Calver of the Rural and Wildlife Policing Team said: “This is a particularly disturbing incident. Criminals will go to great lengths to steal other people’s property, but that’s just gross and mean. The dogs involved all recovered, but only through early intervention and good fortune. This could have easily resulted in dog deaths, which we don’t want to see anyone suffer. With this in mind, we urge anyone who allows dogs to roam free at night to reconsider their security arrangements and ensure the dogs are kept safe.
Anyone with information that could help with this investigation is urged to contact Suffolk Police, quoting inquiry number 37/39683/22.
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Telephone – Call 101
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% Anonymous on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Please note that in an emergency you should always call 999