PET owners are being urged to be extra vigilant after chicken pieces containing needles and toothpicks were discovered in an alleyway - which can be fatal if ingested.

The RSPCA were contact by a member of the public after finding three pieces of chicken skin tied with fishing line between Oak Road and Earlswood Drive in Alderholt on March 30.

RSPCA Inspector Claire Carter, who is investigating the incident for the animal welfare charity, said: “It is concerning that someone deliberately put needles and toothpicks in chicken skin which had been wrapped in wire and left them in a public area.

“I’m told this is not the first time this has happened in this area so we are issuing a warning to dog owners to be careful when using this route.

“I also hope to send a message to whoever is doing this to warn them they could cause injury, or even death, to a pet or wild animal and could face prosecution as a result.

“Dogs are naturally very curious animals and are likely to be drawn to any food on the floor.

“We urge dog-walkers to be cautious when walking in the area and to keep a close eye on their dogs while out walking.

“If you believe your dog has ingested something harmful, contact your vets immediately and follow any advice that they give you.

“If anyone has any information about who placed these items in the chicken pieces, you can contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

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