Dog chews deliberately baited with rat poison were found on a street in Stanley Common.
A resident out walking their own dog discovered the chews on Monday and immediately rang the neighbourhood wardens at Erewash Borough Council, who have removed the deadly baits from the Glendon Street area.
The baits had been made by inserting rat poison between two dog chews, with an elastic band holding together the deadly ‘sandwiches’. One was placed on the pavement and a second in a nearby jitty.
The wardens have stepped up patrols in the area but has urged anyone with any information to get in touch urgently to stop any further incidents.
Derbyshire Police have also been made aware of the incident.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, said: “This is a very serious and very worrying incident and we are grateful to the member of
public for taking immediate action so that we could remove the baits before any dog was affected. I would urge all dog walkers to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or bait they find.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “Police are aware of the allegation that someone has tried to poison dogs in the Stanley Common area. The matter was reported to officers yesterday and PC Russell Crooks will be investigating the claims.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Scott Cartledge, the council’s Neighbourhood Warden Manager, as soon as possible on 0115 907 2244 or email email@example.com
It can also be reported to police. Contact PC Crooks on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.