Dog owner left shocked as treats laced with pills found in Edinburgh park

A dog owner was left shocked after a group of dog walkers found a pile of dog dental sticks laced with pills in an Edinburgh park.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 7:21 pm
The dental sticks were found bunched together in Edinburgh's Montgomery Street Park in the bushes where the dogs like to play (Photo: Eduardo Martinez Caro).

Around 15 to 20 of the potentially lethal dental sticks were found bunched together in the bushes of Montgomery Street Park at 8.30am on Tuesday by a group of dog walkers.

Eduardo Martinez Caro, 32, who lives near the area took the sticks to the Police after his dog walking group found them.

"They were beside the bushes, kind of hiding from us, the dogs play quite a lot in that area.” said Mr Caro.

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Talking about the pills laced inside the treats, Mr Caro said: "There were around 15-20 of the white ones (maybe more) and 1 of the red ones.

"They didn’t have any number, marks or laboratory mark.”

"We think they are paracetamol or ibuprofen but when I handed them to the police they didn’t confirm what they are.”

"They weren’t in a bag, we put them in the bag to bring them to the police.”

"The police officer was concerned and helpful but obviously they can’t do much at this stage.”

Police Scotland commented that enquiries are ongoing to find out if there was criminal intent behind the incident.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We received a report that a bag containing dog treats with what are believed to be pills contained within was found in Montgomery Park, Edinburgh, at around 8.30am on Tuesday, 2 March.

“Local officers have been made aware of the incident.”

Mr Caro is the owner of a 6 month old puppy and meets up with a group of around 10-12 dog owners every morning with most of the dogs under one year old.

He added: "The police warmed us a few weeks ago but it is the kind of thing you think never will happen in your area.”

In a Facebook post, Mr Caro posted an image of the deceptive treats and told dog owners in the area to “keep an eye out” when they are walking their dogs.

In his post, Mr Caro said he did not know if there are more of the sticks on Easter Road or the Calton hill area.

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