Tracy Dyball's dogs die from suspected anti-freeze poisoning in Selsey Crescent, Welling

News Shopper: Tracy Dyball and Gary Mitchell Tracy Dyball and Gary Mitchell

A WELLING woman is warning dog owners to be vigilant after two of her pets died from suspected anti-freeze poisoning.

Tracy Dyball, of Selsey Crescent, has been left "absolutely devastated" following the death of her seven-year-old Jack Russell, Polly, and 13-year-old Rottweiler, Bella.

The 51-year-old, who first rushed Polly to the vets on April 1, said: "She was lethargic. She couldn't go to the toilet and she wasn't eating.

"The vets thought it was a gastro thing and gave her some antibiotics."

But Polly's condition worsened and by April 3 she was having trouble breathing.

The family took her back to the vets but she died soon after.

Miss Dyball said: "When I got home my son came running out and said my rottweiler had collapsed in the garden.

"I took her straight to the vet and because of her age they didn't think she was going to survive so she had to be put to sleep.

"It was horrendous. To lose two dogs in one day, I couldn't believe it.

"They are not just dogs to us, they are part of the family."

The vet suspects both dogs were poisoned with anti-freeze but test results will not confirm this until the end of the week.

Miss Dyball, who has five other dogs, believes someone threw food laced with the chemical into her garden.

She told News Shopper: "It's a purpose poisoning. You don't have two dogs die from anti-freeze on the same day.

"If they do go to the park they are kept on leads. We are responsible dog owners."

Miss Dyball and her partner Gary Mitchell have checked their garden thoroughly since the incident and have been warning dog owners at the entrance to Stevens Park.

Miss Dyball said: "People should be made aware of how toxic this is to dogs. It's sweet and they just can't resist it."

She added: "I don't know why anyone would do this. Only absolute scum could do something like this."

Miss Dyball reported the incident to the police, RSPCA and Bexley Council.

A council spokeswoman said: “We are sorry to hear about the death of Ms Dyball's pets.

“We can confirm that the council's contractors, Kier Grounds Maintenance Services, have not used pesticides or chemicals in Stevens Park that could have lead or contributed to the death of the dogs.”

RSPCA

An RSPCA spokeswoman told News Shopper: "It causes more harm usually to cats because it tastes very sweet to them, but it can also cause a lot of problems for dogs.

"Whoever did this has committed an offence and can be liable to up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £25,000."

She added: "It causes absolute agony and a very slow painful death. For anyone to do this deliberately is quite outrageous."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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3:26pm Tue 10 Apr 12

needsalife says...

Outrageous and cruel. Someone out there is very twisted. I am not a dog owner but I do appreciate what pets mean to people. Love is love, whatever form it takes
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Outrageous and cruel. Someone out there is very twisted. I am not a dog owner but I do appreciate what pets mean to people. Love is love, whatever form it takes . needsalife

1:42pm Wed 11 Apr 12

nigglyvoice says...

I hope they get the perpetrator. Have they considered any of the neighbours? Having 7 dogs nearby must annoy some of them.
I hope they get the perpetrator. Have they considered any of the neighbours? Having 7 dogs nearby must annoy some of them. nigglyvoice

4:07pm Wed 18 Apr 12

lorririch says...

I maybe intruding as it is probably far to early to even suggest this. I have seen Tracy walk up Burnell ave, on many occasions with her dogs and we have said hello. I am currently trying to help re home a 6 year old Rottie who is losing her family and home as they are emigrating.At this point all avenues we have followed up have failed, so I am desperately worried for her.Please advise how to contact Tracy or Gary, if you see this Tracy,please contact me direct at 9 Burnell Avenue. I use to admire you walking along so confidently and relaxed. I cried for you when i saw this post as did many other people whether they knew you or not. Regards and so so sorry for your untimely loss .Lorraine
I maybe intruding as it is probably far to early to even suggest this. I have seen Tracy walk up Burnell ave, on many occasions with her dogs and we have said hello. I am currently trying to help re home a 6 year old Rottie who is losing her family and home as they are emigrating.At this point all avenues we have followed up have failed, so I am desperately worried for her.Please advise how to contact Tracy or Gary, if you see this Tracy,please contact me direct at 9 Burnell Avenue. I use to admire you walking along so confidently and relaxed. I cried for you when i saw this post as did many other people whether they knew you or not. Regards and so so sorry for your untimely loss .Lorraine lorririch

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