Canine Poisoners – Deadly Slug Bait Found In Meatballs -This weekend I read with horror the following news in the Munich press. It concerns the murder of innocent dogs and therefore if you are of a nervous disposition I strongly recommend you leave this page and read one of my less stressful articles (with nice pictures) like the one here. Most of us however need to be aware of the kind of despicable things that are happening in our world to ensure we are able to take the appropriate actions and minimise the risk to ourselves and our loved ones (especially the four-legged variety).
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In the last couple of months one question has been in the minds of many dog owners in and around Munich: “Are these incidents the action of a single dog murderer or could they be part of a series of copycat actions or perhaps even the coordinated activities of an evil dog hating syndicate?” Around the south and west of the German city of Munich a reign of terror has rocked the normally peaceful dog world. This crime series began in the summer of last year around Lake Starnberg a favourite holiday destination for dogs and their lovers. Specifically the scenic towns of Feldafing and Pöcking were involved: someone had placed poison bait intended for dogs in locations where they would be expected to go for a walk. Since december meat balls made from minced beef mixed with poisonous slug bait have also been found in the towns of Germering, Krailling and Planegg.
Until now several dozen dogs have eaten the poison bait and had to be treated in the local animal hospitals. The poison attacks appear to be occurring in waves: for a couple of weeks there is nothing – then suddenly more cases occur. The most recent incident is reported to have occurred between the towns of Ebenhausen and Icking where last Wednesday five dogs ate the poisonous slug pellets. A couple of days ago in Germering two Dachshunds (sausage dogs) and a Labrador had to visit the local animal hospital. The police in Germering have responded with a poster campaign to recommend to dog owners to keep their loved ones on a lead and to pay special attention to anything the dogs start to nibble at on the side of the path. Clearly this will be quite a challenge since for many dogs the whole point of going for a walk is to ‘nose around’ a bit and taste the local environment (including their doggy friends’ poo). The intention of the police is to also alert other walkers and hikers about the dog poisoning situation in the hope that more witnesses will come forward. They are desperately hoping for some clues to allow them to catch the canine murderers. Until now the local inspector has not been able to identify a suspect although a girl has reported having seen a man with a cloth bag fumbling around in the undergrowth as if he was looking for something.
It is unclear what the motivation for such action could be. Last Autumn a number of people were attacked by a fighting dog and an old lady was knocked over. The dog was put down because its owner was unable to control it. The police are not prepared to speculate whether the latest series of poison attacks is related in any way to this incident. The cases in Starnberg, Pöcking and Feldafing occurred before this fighting dog attack. The police are pretty certain that in these incidents multiple suspects were involved. Via the internet dog owners across the country are setting up warning web-sites to alert each other of where the latest incidents with poison intended for dogs have been identified. For RISKKO.com readers in Germany you can find one of these sites with incident-maps and downloadable apps using the link here.
Poisoning of dogs with slug bait is particularly horrific: The animals start to vomit and then suffer from cramps which can lead to death. Therefore if dog owners believe that their dog has eaten something suspicious or if the animal starts to vomit they should quickly contact their local vet. Clearly this is not just painful for the dogs, their owners and especially young children suffer terribly when they see their dear canine friends experience such pain. Please be careful!
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For German-speaking readers of this site you can find much of the information presented above in an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung with a map showing the recent Bavarian occurrences using the link here.
If you are interested in other canine related risk articles you may also find the following of interest: 23rd March 2013: Gay dog saved from being put down – death sentence fear for ‘abnormal’ dog sex 2nd March 2014: Canine Intelligence: Wolves Lost Ability to Learn from Peers through Domestication by Humans (or ‘Have People Made Dogs Stupid?’)