A DOG owner has issued a warning after her beloved pet found a potentially lethal food morsel during a stroll through a Lytham beauty spot.
Police and the RSPCA have also called for vigilance after Carol Park was walking her dog through Witch Wood — and came across a ‘spiked’ chicken nugget.
Carol managed to intervene just as seven-year-old black labrador Mabel found the nugget — with two large nails through it — lying on the ground.
“Thankfully I got to the item before Mabel did but if a dog had put that in its mouth it would have been lethal,” said Carol, of Park View Road.
“I can’t believe anybody could be so cruel — it could even have been found by a child.”
Mother-of-two Carol, who works as a midwife at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, has been in touch with the RSPCA and the police about the find and added:
“I just want to warn other dog owners about the possibility of such items being around.
“You only have to look at it to see that the item must have been put together deliberately, and it certainly looks as though it was meant to cause harm.
“It was only by chance that I was up with Mabel and saw it before she had the opportunity to put it in her mouth.
“The previous day, she had been investigating an open tin of mackerel which had been dumped in the wood so I was being extra vigilant.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA condemned the item, appealed for information and warned dog walkers to be vigilant.
“It does seem as though someone may be trying to hurt animals,” said the spokesman.
“Dog owners walking their pets in this area should be extra vigilant.
“Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is a criminal offence which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or £20,000 fine and where there is evidence and it is in the public interest we will seek to prosecute anyone who does so.”
“We have no idea who is responsible or why they would do such a thing but would urge anyone with any information to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”
Insp Keith Ogle, Fylde’s geographic police inspector, said: “Witch Wood is an area enjoyed by many local people, including dog walkers and this item clearly poses a danger to dogs and other animals. I would urge dog owners to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to police. I would also appeal to anybody with information about how this item came to be in the woods to contact police on 101.”