Reward offered over fox poisoning in Seaford
Kent and East Sussex animal charities have put up a reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone poisoning foxes in the Seaford area.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) said it had been contacted by a garden centre after a woman had tried to buy poison to mix with dog food to kill foxes.
She claimed she had been trying to kill foxes with mouse poison but failed.
The WRAS has warned pet owners to be alert to symptoms of poisoning.
A member of staff at the Seaford garden centre wrote to the WRAS: "A customer came into our shop to purchase rat poison.
"She then informed us that she was putting it into dog food and leaving it out for the foxes, having tried mouse poison which had not worked."
The employee said staff had refused to serve her.
'Irresponsible and illegal'
The Fox Project based in Pembury in Kent, East Sussex WRAS, International Animal Rescue in Uckfield, Jessie's Trust based in Alfriston and Seaford Dog Rescue have put up a reward of £2,700 for evidence leading to a conviction of a person illegally poisoning animals.
The East Sussex WRAS said it was working with Sussex Police following the report by the garden centre.
Trevor Weeks from WRAS said: "Having seen first-hand the suffering and pain poisoned animals go through I don't know how anyone can use it."
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said anyone with information regarding animal poisoning should contact them.
"We have been made aware of claims that a woman tried to buy poison with the intention of killing foxes, but no offences have been reported to us," she said.
Klare Kennett, from the RSPCA, said: "It's highly irresponsible and illegal to lace dog food with poison. It can be picked up by other species of domestic dogs, cats and other wildlife.
"On the Fox Project website there's a whole page of information on how to deter foxes from your garden.
"It's always better to deter them than kill a fox. They are territorial so another fox will just come in and take over their territory."
Source: BBC News