Is someone poisoning dogs in in Eaton Park? Police say no, but one dog owner says they are

Trees in Eaton Park, near the entrance from North Park Avenue. Photo: Bill Smith Trees in Eaton Park, near the entrance from North Park Avenue. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:57 AM

Claims that dogs have been poisoned in a popular Norwich park have been quashed by police – although they have urged anyone with evidence of poisoning to come forward.

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Stories persistently circulating on social media have been reporting incidents of poisonings at Eaton Park on the outskirts of the city.

But police on the Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team said that despite the rumours no actual incidents have been reported to the police. Reports claimed dogs had been poisoned by pellets left in the park, while other stories online claimed razor blades had been attached to children’s play equipment.

Superintendent Dave Marshall, Norwich policing commander, said: “There are a number of rumours currently circulating about poisoning, especially on social media channels, which we’ve looked into because of the level of concern.

“We would strongly urge anyone who believes their pet has been poisoned to contact police so that we can properly investigate.”

The Friends of Eaton Park volunteer group said they agreed with the police statement and did not wish to add anything further.

But a dog-walker who lives next to Eaton Park believes her 15-month-old bull mastiff died after eating poison during a walk in Eaton Park.

She said: “I’m devastated. My dog was fully vaccinated and healthy. I took him for a walk and within hours he was being sick and I rushed him to the vet.

“He died in my arms.”

In 2011 Norfolk Police officers and RSPCA inspectors launched an inquiry after Harleston residents suspected foul play following the deaths of nine cats from the cul-de-sac of suspected anti-freeze poisoning over a two-year period.

The culprit was never found, but the RSPCA said in had not receieved any further reports of cats dying or being made seriously ill since the investigation began.

Norwich City Council confirmed that it has not been using rat poison in Eaton Park.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We are aware of these rumours and there still remains no evidence to suggest they are true.

“Staff in our parks and open spaces are aware of the situation and we ask for everyone using the parks, especially Eaton, to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious immediately to the police on the non-emergency number.”

Anyone with any information should contact Norwich South SNT on 101.

Do you know anyone who has been affected? Contact Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

15 comments

  • The German shepherd that attacked several dogs on the park is a danger! He can't control the dog. Dogs should be allowed to socialise off there lead and be safe. any vets or dog proffesional will tell you the same.

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    bugz bunniez

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Every dog is a potential risk to children! To say otherwise is complacent, The most mild mannered dog is capable of turning bad in the right situation. And I often see dogs running off the lead in the park. As for razor blades in the play area, isn't that one as old as the hills. I recall as a small boy some fifty years ago being terrified by similar stories circulating round my local play area in SW London. All myth.

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    marty r

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • If the dogs were on a lead and under control, the owners hsoule be able to see them about to eat anything strange and pull them away and report it. If the dog is off the lead and running about, who knows what it may eat. Up to the owners to keep them at their side.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • All dogs should be under strict control, there have been many attacks on guide dogs in Norwich city centre, there is even a big issue seller on Bedford street that has a large aggressive Alsatian off its lead, I avoid the shops in that particulate street

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    blister

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Now that we know dogs can give people TB there should be much stricter controls on them. I watched a dog off its lead on the riverside path eating vomit it was called back to its owner and then proceeded to lick her face, disgusting really

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    blister

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Agreed there! Dogs should NOT be off leads in public parks. A dog off it's lead is NOT under the control of it's owner. Sadly though, there's no-one to enforce this any more in parks and owners can get away with it.

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    marty r

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Why are the fish dead? Water is supposed to be safe as the park ?

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    claire daynes

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Well I certainly won't be taking my dog for a walk there again then... typical of the area I suppose if its true..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Pity some dog walkers don't clean the mess up, I get sick of standing in dog mess left behind by irresponsible owners

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    littletinkers

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Well I certainly won't be taking my dog for a walk there again then... typical of the area I suppose if its true..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • The dog that died was no way a risk to anyone . he was 15month old. Brought up with children an socialised with all dogs at the park.yhe family lived here for 20 yrs . A dogs died through no fault of his own or owners .very low comment. The dog was loved by everyone that met him in eaton park

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    bugz bunniez

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • There's always a problem with this park . People have been attacked an cameras not functioning to catch the culprits. Garden waste dumped there are night. Even drug needles. Family park for adults, children and for dogs to enjoy but majority of people spoil it. and today you can get away with poisoning animals . What is this world coming too

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    claire daynes

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Pity some dog walkers don't clean the mess up, I get sick of standing in dog mess left behind by irresponsible owners

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    littletinkers

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • If this is true it is sad but not really sure if taking a potentially dangerous dog into a park where many children play and older people play bowls is a sensible thing to do, a dog such as that should be under strict control really for its owners and others safety

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    blister

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I assume the owner was in control of the dog as is legally required and therefore saw what the dog ate and allowed it to eat it. If dogs need to be let off their leads then maybe the dog owning community can provide and maintain the facility to enable this to happen. Not in our parks or on our beaches please. Maybe if more owners scooped up after their dogs I might have more sympathy

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

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