Police warns owners after North London dog poisonings

Police in North London are urging dog owners to be vigilant following a spate of dog poisoning in the local area.

Warnings have also been released by RSPCA in Brent after three dogs died and four were taken ill since the beginning of 2014.

One of the incidents, which took place in Kingsbury, saw one dog die after ingesting blue tablets left near a lay-by. A further two incidents involved poisoned meat, which had been left in undergrowth in the area.

Simon Osbourne, chief inspector for the RSPCA, said: “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.”

According to the police, dogs affected by the poison will show symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, increased urination, excessive salivation and difficulty breathing. Less notable symptoms may also include contraction or dilation of pupils and tearing of the eyes.

If you believe your dog may have been poisoned, contact your local vet immediately.


Charity rescues German Shepherd with ‘wonky’ legs


Pat Clark of charity ‘Mutts in Distress’ raised funds to bring Sandy the German Shepherd, who lived with extremely deformed legs at a shelter in Greece, over to the UK for treatment.

Pat and surgeon Chaim Pilosof, of Companion Care Vets, heard about Sandy through contacts at the animal shelter in Corfu where the 10-month-old dog had been left.

After Mr Pilosof agreed to perform surgery for free, Pat flew Sandy over to the UK, where Chaim fitted specially-made plates into the dog’s legs to straighten them.

Mrs Clark said: “I saw a picture of Sandy and knew we had to bring him here. He was so bow-legged and wonky he was almost walking on his chest.”

Mr Pilosof successfully performed the operations, which were not available in Corfu, but now Sandy faces three months of physiotherapy and recovery before he can be rehomed with Mrs Clark.

Speaking after the first operation, Mr Pilosof said: “The deformity was probably caused by poor nutrition, perhaps while he was in the womb… In terms of walking he should be back to normal, and it will be almost unnoticeable.”