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DOG DANGER: Dog walkers in Sefton fear ‘someone is out to get’ their pets

DOG DANGER: Dog walkers in Sefton fear ‘someone is out to get’ their pets

Dog owners in Sefton fear “someone is out to get” their beloved pets – after “smelly” bread and broken glass were found on popular walking routes.

Over the past few weeks, a string of incidents have been reported in the Sefton Dogs Facebook group.

A number of people say they have seen “strangely positioned” slices of bread left in parts of Birkdale, and on Ainsdale sand dunes.

Stephen Johnson, from Southport, said he found bread covered in a “strong smelling substance” while out walking his dog on Sunday afternoon.

He spotted the food in the Sandhills area of Ainsdale, an area hugely popular with dog walkers.

He said: “We found it by the train tracks. My brother had to chase my dog to get a piece of it off him before he ate it.

“We bagged it all up and the police now have it to be tested, but you could clearly see and smell something strong had been spread on it.”

Police said they are yet to establish if the substance on the bread was poisonous, but urged dog walkers to be “mindful of this potential danger.”

Sergeant Nathaniel Leach from Sefton’s Local Policing team said: “This is a single report and any possible substance that might be on the bread has not been confirmed as being dangerous or not.

“We don’t wish to worry anyone, but would like to remind dog owners to take extra care due to increased reports of discarded bread on social media. I would also urge well-meaning people to not leave large quantities of bread for birds and animals. Excessive amounts do the animals more harm than good and encourage vermin.”

One woman told the LDRS she found a lot of “what looked like deliberately broken glass on the path” near Ainsdale Beach, and wondered if this was the same “person who is out to get our dogs”.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We always encourage dog owners to keep their pets in sight while walking in our dunescape.

“Our dedicated Green Sefton rangers continue to do all they can to ensure our coastline remains a safe and enjoyable area for both humans and animals alike.

“We encourage anyone who believed they have discovered anything suspicious directly to our Green Sefton team via greensefton@sefton.gov.uk”

Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter


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