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[Animal] Poisonings: Pratteln BL, Nesslau SG

Here we go again...

Two incidents of poisoned bait have been reported, one ending in the pet's death.

https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/basel/s...Hunde-23569135

According to the above 20Minuten article, a razor hidden in ham slices was found along a walking path near a Vitaparcours. Thankfully the bait was found before any animals were injured.

Sadly, in Nesslau SG the dog wasn't so lucky:

https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/ostschw...hnung-13757342

Cervelats laced with slug bait were put out on a walking path. The poor dog ate the sausage and died, despite the owners promptly seeking help.

(An anonymous person has offered a reward for information identifying the poisoner in the above case.)

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We keep reading similar reports, year in and year out. Poisoning seems to be a regular occurance in Switzerland.

Please, fellow dog owners - while out and about be sure you know what your dog is doing at all times - and train, train, train your dog not to touch food left on the ground. Yes it's not easy to train out primary instinct, you have to work at it again and again and again. But this is one exercise that may save your dog's life.

(It should be remembered that cats and other wildlife are at risk too.)

If you have even the slightest concern that your dog might have eaten something, call your vet. Any sign of illness (vomiting or gagging, sudden diarrhea, distressed behavior, inability to settle, any sign of blood, any indication of pain, ataxia, seizures to name only a few possibilities) call the vet immediately.

If you find what looks to be bait, call the police, make an official report. Mark the spot where it was found, take a photo if you can, collect the bait and turn it over to the police.

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The world is full of sick barstewards. Eyes wide, do everything you can to keep your pets (and other wildlife) safe.
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Re: [Animal] Poisonings: Pratteln BL, Nesslau SG

Why in the world do they do this? This happened to my neighbor some years back.
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Re: [Animal] Poisonings: Pratteln BL, Nesslau SG

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Why in the world do they do this?
Because they are evil.


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This happened to my neighbor some years back.

I'm so sorry to hear this, your poor neighbor, poor pup. Makes my blood boil.

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This is also a good time to remind newcomers/new pet owners that one should learn what the emergency procedures are at your vet's practice. (For those in the metro Zürich area this is especially important now that the Tierspital requires a referral from the local vet for after-hours emergency intake.) When your pet is in a life-or-death situation, you don't want to waste time searching for info.

And if you don't have access to a car, make sure you know which taxis accept sick animals, as some companies or individual drivers will refuse.

If you don't know who to call or where to go in an after-hours emergency, next time you are at the practice be sure to ask. Some practices will open up in an emergency, some ask that you go to another practice in the area that serves as the designated emergency center, some use an on-call rota of area vets.

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Keep your critters safe, folks.
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Why in the world do they do this? This happened to my neighbor some years back.
There is no excuse, and the people doing this are cowards.
Rather than have it out with the owners of the dogs, they turn to this.
The passive/aggresive attitude we read about in many threads here.

That said, I live near a tiny ‘community’ park, dogs allowed on leash, the park is clearly ‘ornamental’ with a couple of features and a fountain and table tennis thing.

Yesterday morning, 6 separate dog foulings, all ‘fresh’, on what is supposed to be a pristine lawn.

At either end of the park are doggy bags and bins. Council have done what they can. I fully expect a ban coming next, or a poisoning.
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