BOOBY-TRAPPED chicken pieces were found dangling from a tree near Fordingbridge in what the RSPCA says was a deliberate attempt to injure or kill dogs.
A member of the public discovered the three pieces of chicken skin containing needles and toothpicks tied with fishing wire and hanging from a tree.
The lures were found in an alleyway between Oak Road and Earlswood Drive, Alderholt, at around 11.45am on Saturday 30th March.
“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,” a spokesperson for the RSPCA said.
“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.”
The spokesperson continued: “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.”
Residents on social media slammed the discovery. One said: “I swear to God if we find who you are we’ll make you eat the package yourself… What kind of sick scum does this?”
Another added: “Truly awful – sometimes I do wander why people do things like this against animals.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.