Information Needed After Dog Dies After Eating Rat Poison Sandwiches in Royden Park

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By James_WP | Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 13:46

1 dog has died and 1 is currently on a drip after unconfirmed reports that they had eaten sandwiches containing rat poison that were left maliciously in Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral.

However, to date, no one has come forward with confirmed details of the owner of the dogs or where the dog on a drip is being cared for.

Unless the animals can be inspected, confirmation cannot be given about the validity of the rumors and progress to apprehend the criminals cannot take place.

WirralPeople would urge anyone that knows anything about either the dogs, owners or culprits to make this information known and this can be passed on to the appropriate authorities.

Animal welfare officers and Royden Park Rangers are investigating the reports and have increased their presence and observations around the beautiful grounds of Royden Park and surrounding land. However, they need more conclusive evidence to focus their investigations.

The RSPCA were advised of the incident over the weekend and have warned pet owners to be extra vigilant when in the area.

Wirral RSPCA Insp Anthony Joynes said it was a "disgusting" crime and asked anyone who had any information to come forward.

Insp Joynes said: "We want people to be vigilant. Across Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire the amount of animal poisonings have gone up quite a bit."


"In Chester we had a spate of cat poisonings. People need to realise they will only get away with it for so long and if they get caught they are looking at it going in the press and most likely going to prison. It is a serious crime – one that can result in six months in prison and up to a £20,000 fine.

"We are taking this very seriously and would want anyone with information to come forward."

Paul Greenslade, Senior Area Ranger, confirmed that all Rangers were extra vigilant due to the reports, but again urged anyone to come forward with information or evidence which would help to investigate the claims further.

He welcomed dog owners to continue to use the park and asked owners to ensure that their dogs were kept under close control at all times, were kept on leads through the areas where there is grazing livestock and to pick up dog mess and take it home with them.

Whilst very concerned and understanding of the current situation, Paul was keen to point out that the park is open and welcoming visitors.

The Rangers have a whole host of events and workshops running at Royden Park throughout the year and will give a great insight into the surrounding wildlife, countryside and give an understanding of the role of a Park Ranger.

Most Tuesdays and Sundays see the Rangers running "Fun Activity" events for children and parents during the summer holidays.

Wednesdays are Volunteer Days. Join the Rangers for a greater insight as to their role within the parks and assist in the upkeep and running of the Park. Saturday mornings see Duke of Edinburgh Scheme volunteers helping around the park.

Details are available on the "What's On" section of or Wirral Council Site.

With regards to the unconfirmed dog poisonings, anyone with any information should contact the RSPCA animal cruelty line on 0300 1234 999

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