Thursday, February 25, 2010


Potential Poisonings Rattle Dog Owners

A fresh rash of potential dog poisonings has left one animal dead and shaken pet owners in three different Toronto neighbourhoods.

"The OSPCA is very concerned about recent reports. These issues could have serious consequences,'' said Connie Mallory, acting chief inspector with the OSPCA.

Last week, south Etobicoke residents found crushed-up traces of pills in their backyards. On Sunday, dog owners found pills scattered around a Cabbagetown dog park, while dog-walkers in the Cedarvale Ravine off Bathurst Street came across a beef tongue laced with nails.

"The fact that it was beef tongue, the location [in an off-leash area] and with nails through it, it was an utterly deliberate attack." said Lauro Monteiro, who walks his beagle, Willie, in Cedarvale, one of the city's largest off-leash areas near Bathurst between Eglinton and St. Clair. "There's been lots of friction between dog owners and non-dog owners in this area for many years."

Lola, a lab-shepherd mix, started chewing the spiked cow tongue; her owner wrestled it away before she did any damage to herself.

Also on Sunday, police collected approximately a half-dozen pills for further investigation at Allan Gardens. Constable Tony Vella said no dogs were sickened, but there is concern when suspicious substances are being left out for animals to find. Last week in the Sixth Street and Lakeshore Boulevard area of south Etobicoke, police investigated after residents found crushed white pills in their backyards. A dog belonging to the man who initially found the crushed pills has died, but police are unsure as to whether the pills contributed to the animal's death.

Const. Vella said it is unclear whether the three incidents are related, but such attacks call to mind hot dogs laced with insecticide found in Riverdale's Withrow Park in 2004 and bread soaked with antifreeze in High Park in 2008.

Ms. Mallory of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stressed the importance of pet owners keeping their eyes on their animals while out in public. She advises bringing along water while out on a walk, as puddles can contain dangerous substances, and when in an off-leash park, pet owners must do a visual inspection before letting their dogs loose.

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Make Sure You Know Where Your Dog Walkers Are Going And With How Many Other Dogs!

Recently, several parks within the area have become inundated with walkers who take as many as 15(!) dogs at a time to the local park for their time to play. Just the other day, I myself witnessed this on the Don Valley Golf Course, when I saw two walkers who each had 12 dogs in their care. This happens throughout the city. THIS IS ILLEGAL. As many of you might not know, the legal limit that one walker may take at a time on City Of Toronto property is six dogs, provided they have a license. Any walker taking more than this amount is subject to a fine. Of course, as is life, sometimes things come up and walkers may have to add an extra dog to their schedule. In doing so, they are taking a chance that they will be fined, but so long as they are open with you about their policy and you are okay with this, there really shouldn't be a problem. Most important is the fact that no matter what your walker may tell you, it is SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE for one individual to be responsible for the clean up, and more importantly, the well being and safety of your dog, if the walker is taking that many more than the legal limit to the park (especially when they encounter smaller groups of dogs that their dogs mingle with). If you have any concerns about your walker and the number of dogs that they are going to the park with, or if you have concerns about the amount of time your dog may be spending in the park (I have seen ten minutes in many cases), then you must DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Ask your walking providers where they take your dog and for how long. Further, ask your walkers if you can come along to watch the dogs in action at the park. You have the right to do this. If you were picking out a daycare for your child, it seems highly unlikely that a respectable provider would not allow you access to witness the daily activity. Believe me, having been in this industry for years, I can tell you that there is enough business to go around, and there is no need for your dog to go without proper and safe care!

**Feel free to share this with anyone you know who currently employs a dog walker.

Icy Pug!

My sister sent me's a great pic of her old(er) guy Burgess enjoying the day of walking along Cherry Beach.