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Dog owner foils attempt to kill pet using sausage laced with rat poison

Lydia O’Byrne found her dog Freddie eating pieces of chorizo sausage in the garden of her south Dublin home at the weekend.

chorizo1 A piece of the poisoned sausage Source: Dogs of Dublin

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident of attempted poisoning of a pet in south Dublin after a number of pieces of poisoned sausage were thrown into a dog-owner’s garden.

Lydia O’Byrne chanced upon her dog Freddie eating the poisoned chorizo sausage in her garden at the weekend.

freddie Freddie Source: Dogs of Dublin

She contends that someone must have thrown the poisoned food over the back fence of her property.

“Freddie was in the middle of the garden chewing on something, and there was a piece of chorizo on the patio table,” Lydia says.

There were people having barbecues in the area, and I figured at first it was something related to that.
When I saw the blue in the sausage at first I thought it was mould, and then I was told: ‘No, that looks like poison’.
Luckily it hadn’t gotten into his bloodstream. We’d figured out what was going on by 6pm and by 7pm we were in the vets.

Fortunately, Freddie was stopped in time and had only managed to eat one of the poisoned pieces.

lydia Source: Facebook

Freddie was brought to the UCD vet hospital where Lydia was told that had he eaten all of the poison he would have been given “a pretty grim outlook”.

The incident has been reported to gardaí in Dundrum, who have confirmed that they are investigating the attack.

Lydia has called on all residents of the Goatstown/Dundrum areas of south Dublin to be on their guard for anything suspicious being thrown into their gardens.

Freddie meanwhile is recovering at home and “enjoying lots of cuddles”.

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