Dartford Central Park grit 'poisons' woman's three Staffordshire bull terrier dogs

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A DOG walker from Dartford says her three pooches have been poisoned by grit from a town park.

Loretta Mitchell, of Phoenix Place, has described how her Staffordshire bull terriers fell ill after going for walks in Dartford Central Park.

The mother-of-three told News Shopper: “They came back from the park, licked the grit off their paws and poisoned themselves.

“If they weren’t such big, strong dogs it probably would have killed them.

“They’re sleeping all the time and as soon as they wake up they bring up thick yellow bile.”

First to suffer was three-year-old Stanley on the morning of January 20.

Nancy, also three, fell ill the following day and nine-year-old Molly the day after that.

Mrs Mitchell, 43, said her dogs are behaving strangely and has reported the case to Kent County Council.

She added: “It’s like they’re delirious. They’re not eating anything and lost so much weight you can see their ribs.

“All pet owners should be aware, it’s very worrying.”

A spokesman for the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, which offers advice for veterinary professionals on the diagnosis and management of poisoned animals, said the illness is likely to have been caused by rock salt.

She told News Shopper: “It’s the same as table salt, sodium chloride. It’s not good for animals to have too much of it and very poisonous for dogs.

“It can cause tremors, vomiting and can be very nasty.

“In severe cases it can lead to convulsions and kidney failure.”

Donna Lewis, a senior nurse at Parrock Street Veterinary Surgery in Gravesend, urged dog owners to wash their pet’s paws as soon as they get home.

She said: “It can be detrimental to their dog’s health. The salt can cause dehydration and sometimes will also contain anti-freeze which is toxic to dogs and extremely fatal to cats.”

The RSPCA said it has not received any reports of pets being poisoned in Dartford Central Park.

A spokesman for Kent County Council, which is responsible for laying the grit, said it does not contain anti-freeze which has been linked to a number of cat and dog deaths throughout the country during the big freeze.

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4:01pm Wed 30 Jan 13

the wall says...

“All pet owners should be aware, it’s very worrying.”........
.. Most good pet owners know this already.

Here's an idea how about you being responsable and having accountability and for your own pets.

I smell compo!
“All pet owners should be aware, it’s very worrying.”........ .. Most good pet owners know this already. Here's an idea how about you being responsable and having accountability and for your own pets. I smell compo! the wall

4:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Virtual-Monster says...

Proof once again that stupid people should not be allowed to have pets!

It's common sense to at the very least towel your dog down after going out in the snow or slush, not just to help with the drying process but to remove contaminants like this.

And of course the other thing of note, who would have guessed that rock or grit salt contains SALT! Idiots.
Proof once again that stupid people should not be allowed to have pets! It's common sense to at the very least towel your dog down after going out in the snow or slush, not just to help with the drying process but to remove contaminants like this. And of course the other thing of note, who would have guessed that rock or grit salt contains SALT! Idiots. Virtual-Monster

7:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

My dog licks its nuts, perhaps I could get me picture in the Shopper if I blame the 'cancel'.
My dog licks its nuts, perhaps I could get me picture in the Shopper if I blame the 'cancel'. Gypo.Joe

9:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

Wispy Wonder says...

Dog licks salt - dog becomes thristy and drinks water - problem solved. At a guess, these owners hadn't given their dogs adequate water.

Take the dogs off them and give them to responsible owners instead.
Dog licks salt - dog becomes thristy and drinks water - problem solved. At a guess, these owners hadn't given their dogs adequate water. Take the dogs off them and give them to responsible owners instead. Wispy Wonder

7:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Bob Downondiss says...

The headline should read, "Dartford residents get done up for a Newshopper photo.
The headline should read, "Dartford residents get done up for a Newshopper photo. Bob Downondiss

10:06am Fri 1 Feb 13

Fromswanleynotagypo says...

Shame those two scumbags didn't get "poisoned"
Shame those two scumbags didn't get "poisoned" Fromswanleynotagypo

11:40am Sat 2 Feb 13

ksc says...

If no grit was put down, guess who would have slipped and hurt themselves, been of work for months and claimed a fortune?...I think it's called catch 22.
If no grit was put down, guess who would have slipped and hurt themselves, been of work for months and claimed a fortune?...I think it's called catch 22. ksc

8:17pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Marty1979 says...

How does she keep 3 "big strong dogs" - the houses in Phoenix Place aren't that large
How does she keep 3 "big strong dogs" - the houses in Phoenix Place aren't that large Marty1979

8:19pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Marty1979 says...

ksc wrote:
If no grit was put down, guess who would have slipped and hurt themselves, been of work for months and claimed a fortune?...I think it's called catch 22.
How could someone be off work if they don't work???????
[quote][p][bold]ksc[/bold] wrote: If no grit was put down, guess who would have slipped and hurt themselves, been of work for months and claimed a fortune?...I think it's called catch 22.[/p][/quote]How could someone be off work if they don't work??????? Marty1979

10:00pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Madmarble says...

I walked my two dogs in dartford park in the snow and always have with no problems, I've seen these two people with them dogs both on benefits him with the stick is on sickness benefits but still manages to walk three vicious dogs. Watch out dartford council compo claim
I walked my two dogs in dartford park in the snow and always have with no problems, I've seen these two people with them dogs both on benefits him with the stick is on sickness benefits but still manages to walk three vicious dogs. Watch out dartford council compo claim Madmarble

7:14am Wed 6 Feb 13

Oldchap says...

So she reported it to KCC

But surely if your pets are as I'll as she claims then the first thing would have been to take them to a vet?
So she reported it to KCC But surely if your pets are as I'll as she claims then the first thing would have been to take them to a vet? Oldchap

9:54am Wed 6 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

They’re obviously so angry that their beloved dogs have been “poisoned” that they agreed to have a photo (which you can buy?) taken at the scene of the alleged crime…words fail me!
They’re obviously so angry that their beloved dogs have been “poisoned” that they agreed to have a photo (which you can buy?) taken at the scene of the alleged crime…words fail me! Tip-Top

3:15pm Wed 6 Feb 13

the wall says...

So they can afford to feed 3 dogs but have no jobs?
So they can afford to feed 3 dogs but have no jobs? the wall

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