Pet owners warned of rat bait

It said seven dogs had been poisoned by chicken mince laced with rat bait in Kallaroo, Hillarys and Whitford Dog Beach since March 4.

“The dogs are OK after induced vomiting but now have the long two-week wait to find out if any organ damage has occurred,” it said.

The post received more than 1600 shares after being put up on a Perth pet-related Facebook page with a note saying it was unconfirmed but it was always good to be aware of these potential situations.

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said a Kallaroo resident contacted the City last week to say three or four dogs had been taken to the vet after apparently ingesting rat bait while at Kiernan Park in Kallaroo.

“The caller said the bait had been mixed in with raw chicken mince,” he said.

“Shortly after the call was received, one of the City’s rangers went to the park to investigate further but could find no evidence of baited meat.

“The City has arranged further ranger patrols of the park and the RSPCA has been notified of this reported allegation.

“No other reports of dogs being baited in Hillarys or at Whitford Dog Beach have been received.”

Mr Hunt urged anyone with information about potential cases of animal cruelty to call the RSPCA on 1300 278 3589 or the City’s rangers on 1300 655 860.