Search

Police investigate suspected poisoning of five dogs on Hampstead Heath

11:39 11 April 2014

Samba, one of the poor dogs who has been affected by the mystery intoxication. Picture: Village Vet London/Facebook

Samba, one of the poor dogs who has been affected by the mystery intoxication. Picture: Village Vet London/Facebook

Archant

Five dogs were rushed to a veterinary practice for emergency treatment after suffering suspected poisoning on Hampstead Heath.

The Heath’s police force is investigating after the group of dogs were taken ill in the Sandy Heath area between Wildwood Road and Spaniards Road.

The animals, which were with a professional dog walker, were taken to the Village Vet in Belsize Terrace, Belsize Park, on Tuesday where they were showing signs of poisoning including abnormal behaviour and severe lethargy. They are now said to be doing well.

The news comes after pet owners in Brent were warned to be vigilant by police following the death of three dogs that ate chicken laced with rat poison in March.

Adam Mugford, who is head of emergency and critical care at Village Vet, wrote on Facebook: “The dogs show signs of poisoning with mainly neurological symptoms, signs of abnormal behaviour, loss of control of blood pressure and severe lethargy. Symptoms show rapidly.

“All animals under care are doing well and the cause is still unknown, but we have sent samples to the US for further investigation. More blood tests to be performed later. We will keep you updated.”

The City of London Corporation, which manages Hampstead Heath, warned dog owners to be on their guard and said the Hampstead Heath Constabulary was looking into the matter.

In a series of posts on Twitter, it wrote: “We are investigating reports on this serious matter. No source of poisoning has been found on Hampstead Heath.

“Until we have information to act on, we ask that all dog walkers remain vigilant and report anything untoward immediately to the Heath Constabulary on 020 8340 5260.”

Concerned pet owners have been using social networks to spread the warning.

Sasha Potter, a veterinary nurse, wrote on Facebook: “I think its METHOMYL!! its a highly toxic pesticide and im a nurse at Medivet Hendon and someone is poisoning dogs in parks around Kingsbury and Neasden. Signs are vomiting, salivating, tremors, neurosigns. We have saved a few dogs but many have died because they were too late. The police are involved and its been going on for avout 5 weeks. [sic]”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

10:30

The headteacher of a private school believes that sport in school should be used to engage the majority rather than burnish the few amidst reports that not enough young people are doing enough exercise each week.

07:00

Simon Happily is an award-winning comedian who comperes the annual Pup Aid event in Primrose Hill and hosts his fun weekly pub quiz at the Lord Palmerston (Dartmouth Park Hill) every Tuesday at 8.15pm. He has appeared on television including Richard & Judy and The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 and has hosted comedy as various festivals, including London Mardi Gras. Simon lives in Belsize Park with his rescue dog Teddy. You can follow him on Twitter @SimonHappily.

Yesterday, 19:06

A petition to save the number 13 bus route has been handed to City Hall by Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party campaigners - setting up local members for a clash with Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has the final say on proposed changes.

Yesterday, 18:00

A church community centre is considering stepping up security after its post office was raided for the second time this year.

Yesterday, 15:00

Sadiq Khan will carry out a wide-reaching inquiry into foreign companies buying property in the capital - amid concern the flood of investment has fuelled rocketing house prices in local boroughs.

Yesterday, 13:06

The Ham and High can today reveal the filthiest local restaurants and takeaways which officials say need “urgent improvement”

Yesterday, 13:00

A police officer will not face criminal charges after being filmed repeatedly striking a man with his baton during an arrest even though the police watchdog found he has a case to answer.

Yesterday, 11:38

Firearms officers raced to Prince of Wales Road in Kentish Town on Thursday evening to reports a man had been gunned down.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Interested in purchasing a flat and want to know the rules, rights and regulations as a leaseholder? Or maybe you are already a leaseholder and want to find out more about extending your lease?

Scores of people visited the opening of Composite Door Master’s first public showroom in Hayes at the weekend, where they were treated to a spectacular show by award winning magician, Marc Oberon.

You’ve got cash, you’ve got style and you’ve got a bursting social calendar, but no time. These Crouch End studio suites to rent could be your dream come true.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now