It is the cruel and relentless act of baiting which has seen Peterborough resident Ben Fisher, lose two of his dogs already and now he fears the vile act is happening again in his backyard.
Over the past two weeks, Ben has experienced a total of four legs and one pelvic bone thrown over this fence, and he is fed up.
“We have had people coming through the paddock and throw goats legs that have been butchered professionally. We don’t know whether it is bait or to get the dogs used to it for a bait.”
“It is worrying as a dog owner, these dogs would not hurt a fly, but you still have idiots out there that take it into their own hands and decide to bait them.”
Ben says this is something which has been happening quiet frequently around Peterborough and that those behind the act, do not know the impact it has on seeing the animal suffer.
“They are arseholes and that is all there is to it.”
If they saw how our animal died through baits, it is not very pretty.Ben Fisher
Mr Fisher has been quick to act in most cases, taking the bone away from the animals immediately, but a vet in Port Pirie says if the animals are left with the poison in their systems, it could be life threatening.
“A couple common sorts of poisoning could be 1080 poisoning, or strychnine, snail bait poisoning. They will act very quickly and your dog will be very agitated, possibly running around, maybe diarrhea, maybe vomiting, maybe does not want to be handled by you and that could progress to seizures”, said Philip Taylor the owner and veterinarian from the Port Pirie Veterinary Clinic.
“The thing to look for is a change in behaviour of their dog. Two things, it could be more excitable, restless, salivating, or it could be that it is quiet.”
Mr Taylor explains that dogs will have a different reaction depending on the poison they have eaten.
For products more commonly found in a medicine cabinet or are rat poisons, solvents or car chemicals, a dog will likely show signs of sickness over a few days, rather than immediately.
“You might notice that your dog is just not moving around as much, not interacting, gums may be looking pale or is cold to touch”, he said.
“Ideally with Ratsack, you would like to get your dog to the vet within a couple of hours and they can induce vomiting, then treat it and monitor it all. I do not think I have ever seen a lot of malicious baiting. Majority of it is accidental.”
Pet owners are urged to take their animal to the closest vet if they do believe they have consumed a poison or have been baited.
If you know someone who is baiting dogs, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.