Dog owners are being warned that their pets may have been maliciously poisoned after the death of a six-month-old puppy this week.
Daisy, a German Shepherd cross Labrador, died on her way to hospital after fighting for her life for weeks and her desperate family now believe their dog was poisoned, DevonLive reports.
Daisy's heartbroken owner Lisa Moore says she was since been contacted by another 12 dog owners whose pets have been affected – all after walking in Cranbrook Country Park, near the East Devon town.
She is warning other dog owners: "Please do not walk your dogs in Cranbrook Country Park until it has been investigated. We have spoken to police and the council and we believe this is malicious. They are investigating."
The family had Daisy since July. Lisa says her family have been in tears since Daisy died.
She said: "I used to be afraid of dogs until we got Daisy. She was so special and sweet and now everybody is heartbroken – I have two grown men crying here.
"I just want to warn other people not to use Cranbrook Country Park until it has been investigated and find out what's causing this. The vets were baffled and they believe it must have been malicious.
"I have now been contacted by 12 other dog owners and we are compiling a spreadsheet of when it's happening and where and the symptoms."
Since posting news of Daisy's death in the Cranbrook dog owners' Facebook group Lisa has been shocked by the number of dog owners who all report similar incidents in the last five weeks with their pets suffering varying degrees of sickness and diarrhoea.
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One dog owner asked if there could be toxic waste in 'run off' from surrounding areas.
An East Devon District Council spokesman said: “We were contacted yesterday by the owner of the dog that died. One of our Officers attended the site this morning to look for possible causes but was unable to see anything that could explain the dogs illness.
"We would urge dog owners to keep a close eye on their dogs when out and about and to keep monitoring their dogs at home for any signs of illness or unusual behaviour such as being quieter than usual, oversleeping and not eating.
"We have no information to indicate malicious intent at present and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Devon & Cornwall Police have reportedly been made aware.
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