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.