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Dog park poisonings? 2 dogs dead...6 ill in London

September 1st, 2005, 09:42 AM
:eek: :eek: I have it from a reputable source that there are 2 dogs dead and 6 others seriously ill after visiting our lone leash free area in London. The HS and the person that is dealing with this are preparing a statement for the press and public. I want to advise any folks that use the Pottersburg off leash area to please avoid this park including the river at this time. I will keep you posted as I learn more. This is truly devastating. Some of the dogs that have taken ill were swimming in the river section, which, by the way, is NOT part of the off leash area. Unknown at this time if this was intentional poisoning or if chemicals in river or some other source....apparently the tests are extremely expensive and the dogs' liver enzymes are drastically increased!! :confused:

September 1st, 2005, 11:03 AM
Oh no thats so horrible. I just took Phil to the park this morning and she was swimming! Now I am totally paranoid. What should I be watching out for???

Very worried.... :fingerscr

September 1st, 2005, 11:12 AM
Uh oh.... I'm sorry about all of this. I am waiting to hear back from the person who is handling this. I imagine that this is a gastrointestinal type of thing, but am not sure. I guess you should look for signs of your dog being distressed and sick in anyway. I will call the person and email you back asap! If your dog shows any signs whatsoever, please take it to the vet and tell them where you were, (park). Did your dog eat anything odd while there or go into the river?

September 1st, 2005, 11:18 AM
I just called and left voice mail with source. Hope to hear back soon. I pray that your dog will be fine and did not come in contact with whatever is going on down there. Hold tight and keep an eye on your dog......

September 1st, 2005, 11:19 AM
She did go in the river today...and I actually tried to keep her out of it. She didn't really drink any of it though which is a nice change. I usually don't take her to the river that much anymore but she took off on me today and jumped in. I'm not a 100% sure that she ate anything. We got back about 45 minutes ago and shes just having her after walk nap and seems fine. Still so worried though. Somebody mentioned that it could have been from that fire at Wonderland Gardens. Maybe something got in the river that shouldn't have.

I know they have this "community" water bucket there that all the dogs drink out of. All the dog owners just come along and fill it up. I try not to let her drink out of that either I always bring my own water. Maybe it was something in there.

September 1st, 2005, 11:25 AM
Yes, it is an unknown source at this time, but I will let everyone know pronto as soon as I hear back. I imagine I will hear shortly, if the person is in the office today. Likely out and about dealing with this very issue. The public needs to be warned and informed, so I chose to go ahead and do so. I really hope your doggy avoided whatever it was and will be just fine. :fingerscr

September 1st, 2005, 11:26 AM
"Somebody mentioned that it could have been from that fire at Wonderland Gardens."

So I guess the word is out there......good!

September 1st, 2005, 11:39 AM
We had a problem here about a year ago with poisoned kibble in the park.

September 1st, 2005, 11:45 AM
I remember that well. Was it ever resolved? Anyone charged? So hard to nab the culprit(s).......I really hope that this is NOT an intentional poisoning....although it is so terrible regardless of the source!

September 1st, 2005, 12:03 PM
from my source:

I am working with the London Humane Society and signs will be up late tonight. (at the park, I am assuming). Also, I just got of the phone with the LFP, should have something tomorrow. I am being very careful as to what I say, I want to warn the people not create a panic.

I will find out about what to watch dogs for if they are becoming sick.....

September 1st, 2005, 12:12 PM
I don't think they ever did find out who was responsible. There was kibble found at Bruce Pit that tested positive and some right after found at Conroy Pit that tested negative. I don't think any died but they did become ill but I don't remember all the details.

September 1st, 2005, 01:03 PM
the latest:

"Vomiting is the first sign, if that happens tell her
to go directly to the vet. We are in the middle of
trying to get the water tested. I will let you know
when this will happen."'s your dog?

September 1st, 2005, 01:33 PM
Make sure your dog is in view at all times. Watch them like a hawk and be aware of what they are doing at all times. Make sure they injest nothing at the park unless it has come from you.

September 1st, 2005, 08:49 PM
Phil is 100% ok so far. She's her usual crazy hyper self and I just pray that she stays like that. No dog park for her any time soon. Now how am I supposed to wear her out?!!

I hope all of our friends at the park were so lucky.

September 1st, 2005, 09:46 PM
:sad: So sad. I hope the other dogs that are ill recover. Katy, I hope your dog stays healthy.

I hope they find out the cause quickly.

September 2nd, 2005, 08:01 AM
Just a little update.

Warning signs will be up in the park tomorrow (Friday) asking people to closely watch their dogs and report an unusual activities to either the London Humane Society or myself.

The water has been tested and everything is coming back fine.

So, what does that leave? I sure hope someone isn't putting crap out for the dogs to pick up :eek:

September 4th, 2005, 05:10 PM
Does anyone know if there have been any updates on the situation here? I haven't heard anything.

September 4th, 2005, 07:26 PM
1st q- is ther cyanobaqctieria present in the water, that is does it have a slightly greasy or greenish hue, and does it smell?? any human or animal that con\mes into contact with this bacteria will be very ill and can die, esp dogs and smaller animals .

2nd- how has your rain fall been, have you had any big downpours??? (if cyano present it could be washed into the surrounding vegetation, and if fresh enough it can enter throught the skin and other systems).

but there are other environmental presences that can also affect animals, its not always huamn poisioning...

also the fire, what did htey make at the place of the fire??? what is location in relation to the river, does your govt have catchment resudue traps for chemicles or does it go straight to the water system??

i doubt if it was just the excess carbon form the fire it owuld have any impact, if they used chems that were washed in the that is different, but i cnat think of any 1st world nation where htat is leagal or accepted, and most such issues are very much under control.

the biggest one that isnt is the cyanobacteria which is so hard to control...and it kills fast... food for thought.... perhaps no one is trying to poision any one and its simply environmental which sadly we will see more often as the env gets more screwed, and our animals and native animals will feel the brunt of this long before humans...

big time food for thought....

September 6th, 2005, 08:31 AM
Water tested negative for any contaminants, (other than the usual toxic sludge found in a river that runs thru a highly populated area :o ). The fire was miles down river, so nothing from that. Will ask source for update and get back to all of you.....

September 6th, 2005, 09:14 AM
Nothing at all, it seems most cases happened 2 -3
weeks ago and no new cases are reported.