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Warning after three dogs at property in Bury St Edmunds area poisoned with anaesthetic used for sedation and euthanasia



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Dog owners have been urged to be vigilant after three dogs were believed to have been deliberately poisoned in a ‘disgusting and wicked’ incident.

The dogs were roaming free within the grounds of a rural property in the Bury St Edmunds area overnight between June 23 and 24 and the owner found all three unconscious the next morning.

Tests confirmed they ingested Pentobarbital, which is an anaesthetic used for sedation and euthanasia in cats and dogs and only available on prescription.

Police have issued a warning after three dogs were believed to have been deliberately poisoned
Police have issued a warning after three dogs were believed to have been deliberately poisoned

The exact method of transmission isn’t known but it’s suspected the dogs were fed with food laced with the drug.

Police believe it is likely to be the actions of would-be thieves who were disrupted.

Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural and Wildlife Policing Team said: “This is a particularly worrying incident.

"Criminals will go to great lengths to steal other people’s property but this is simply disgusting and wicked.

"The dogs involved have all made a recovery but only by early intervention and good fortune.

"This could easily have resulted in the dogs' deaths, which is something we don’t want to see anybody suffer.

"With than in mind, we’d urge anybody that does allow dogs to wander free at night to reconsider their security arrangements and ensure the dogs are kept safe and secure."

Anybody with information which could assist the investigation is advised to contact Suffolk Police, quoting investigation number 37/39683/22.