Dog poisoning at Country Park rumour is unfounded

South Somerset District Council's (SSDC) Ham Hill Ranger Team have spent a number of days following up and investigating worrying claims that dogs have died from poisonings at the Country Park

At the end of last week, a range of posts were circulating on social media claiming that five dogs had died as a result of poisonings at Ham Hill Country Park.  After much investigatory work by the site ranger, SSDC can find no evidence that these claims are true.

Site Ranger Paul McNeill said: "I have spoken to two dog owners who confirm that their three dogs have suffered from sickness and are now thankfully recovered.  Investigations by their vets have confirmed a viral bug, akin to a human sickness bug, that runs for about three days and is a perfectly normal expectation for this time of the year. I have also spoken to local veterinary practices and despite much talk of poisonings and illnesses, they confirm they have not treated any suspected cases of poisoning.  I am therefore happy to confirm that dogs have not been purposefully poisoned or targeted at the Country Park."

Katy Menday, SSDC's Countryside Manager added: "We are grateful to two members of the public for coming forward to speak to us about illnesses that their dogs have suffered over the past fortnight.  Paul has worked hard to get to the bottom of the allegations and we want to reassure people that there is no evidence that any dogs have died and no animals have been purposefully poisoned. There are sickness bugs around and, as with any well used site, your pet may pick one up when interacting with other pets on site."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture also said: ""If you have concerns about the Country Park then please talk to us.  It has been a worrying few days for pet owners as they see stories posted on social media that they do not know whether to believe."

If you have concerns about any of South Somerset District Council's Countryside sites, please contact 01935 462462 and report the details.