Southampton dog owners warned over palm oil

Dog owners in Southampton have received a warning from authorities after palm oil washed up on Weston Shore.

Although not harmful to humans, palm oil can kill dogs and owners have been urged to keep pets on leads around the area for the foreseeable future.

The palm oil is currently being found in the form of white, chalky lumps, slightly smaller than a rugby ball, and gives off a sulphur smell.

Anyone who find any has been asked to either contact their local council or dispose of it safely.

Hampshire fire service advised: “Wear double vinyl gloves and place in a strong plastic bag over the substance and bag it up, place the outer gloves in with the oil, tie it off, then place into a second strong bag and also tie off.”

“This can be disposed of in ordinary refuse.”

Dog owners in Cornwall have also been told to look out for the palm oil, which is currently killing “a dog a day” along the county’s beaches.


Owners warned as white substance washed up in Cornwall

Dog owners in Cornwall are being urged to take care on the coast after a white substance has started washing up on the beaches.

The substance, which was blamed for the death of a number of dogs when it appeared previously in October, has been washed up on the north coast, between Sennen and Porth.

The deposits are believed to be the same as the previous substance, which was confirmed as being non-toxic, edible oil or fat, but Cornwall Council has put up signs to inform beach visitors.

David Owens, assistant head of environments at the local council, said: “Once again we are especially advising dog owners to be vigilant. Please keep you dog on a lead as there have been reports in the past that the substance could be dangerous for dogs if they eat a large amount of it.”

The council is continuing to monitor the beaches in the area but has asked that anyone who spots the deposits to report it to the customer contact centre on 0300 1234 141.