Two Labradors die of suspected poisoning

Created: 02/07/2014

Two Labradors have died after allegedly being poisoned in the owners’ own back garden.

  Ali Harling, 45, from Preesall, Lancashire, has been left ‘devastated’ after someone deliberately threw a drug over her garden fence, killing two of her pets.

  Her 11-year-old yellow Labrador Dizzy died in the car on the way to the vets, before her other dog Stan, who was four, died.

  Mrs Harling, said: "I am devastated. They were my babies. ‘They were completely innocent, they never did anything wrong. What happened was completely mindless.”

  Mrs Harling said when vets started operating on Stan, also a Labrador, they found his intestines were ‘shredded’ as a result of eating the over-the-counter drug, which police are not naming for fear of it being used to harm animals.

  Stan’s liver and kidneys were also failing. Mrs Harling’s other dogs, 13-month-old Labrador Jake, and nine-month-old Dachshund Alfie, were taken ill at their home, but are recovering well.

Mrs Harling said she believed the drug had been thrown over her gate on June 15 or in the early hours of June 16.

‘Calculated attack’ 

She said all her dogs suddenly got very sick at the same time. She kept an eye on them, and throughout the day they appeared better but, by the following morning – June 17 – Dizzy and Stan were so poorly she rushed them to the vets.

  She said: "On the way, Dizzy took two massive breaths, and then she was gone. After they’d tried operating on Stan, the vet told us to call the police as the dogs had symptoms of poisoning.”

  Mrs Harling said it was difficult to control what the dogs ate while out of sight, and when they became ill it was normal practice to hydrate them and keep them off food until they are better.

  "You can’t go to the vets every time they are sick,” she said. "Dogs are scavengers and they eat anything, but I know they didn’t get this drug from my home.

  "Someone has done this on purpose in a calculated attack.”

  Police are keen to hear from anyone with information on the attack. PC Dave Kerfoot, of Garstang and Over Wyre police, said: "This is clearly a very distressing incident and one that we are taking very seriously.”