Dog walkers find deadly sausages full of nails on popular walking fields
Dog walkers in South Wales have discovered sausages laced with nails on playing fields to deter them from using the public park.
After the discovery was made, the anti-animal cruelty charity Peta released a statement offering up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
Up to 40 cooked cocktail sausages were found on the field in Abergavenny and they were all embedded with up to ten one-inch long metal nails. They could be lethal for any animal attempting to eat them.
The local police have warned dog walkers to stay vigilant after the sausages were found on playing fields which are popular with the pet owners.
Peta spokesman Ben Williamson told the Daily Mail: 'It is imperative that any community faced with such horrific abuse of animals take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence.
'Animal abusers are a danger to everyone - they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human.'
Vet Ben Hynes also spoke to the paper and he said he was 'shocked and appalled' after being shown some of the potentially deadly sausages.
He added: 'Had it not been for these extremely observant people out walking their own dogs, we could have easily seen a spate of dogs facing a slow, but certain death.
'Luckily we haven’t had any emergencies but if we had, the animals would have been suffering from vomiting, bleeding and I have no doubt the result would have been fatal.
There is absolutely no way that this can be anything other than the intention to kill animals.'
The dog walker who discovered the lethal sausages didn’t want to be named. He spoke to the Mail saying: 'My dog, which was on a lead, started to sniff at a sausage on the ground, but I immediately pulled him back when I saw something shining back at me.
'On closer inspection I realised that it had about nine or ten nails in it and thought that this was no coincidence.
'I looked around and found a lot more of these sausages - I must have collected close to 40. I have been extra diligent while out walking my dogs since.'
A police spokesman said: 'This is a very worrying incident, especially as they are being left on playing fields where not only dogs but children could be harmed by these sausages.'