Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig’s trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned lures may be being placed on the common again.
It has been noted that fresh meat, pigs trotters, have been found on the spot in Clayhanger.
There is concern that these may contain poison, as a dead fox and dead cat have recently been found in the same area.
Please warn all dog walkers, just in case. It has happened before.
In January 2016 the local media carried a story from a lady mourning her dog whom she believed ate poisoned meat whilst being walked on Clayhanger Common and warned other dog lovers to beware – a number of other suspicious finds occurred, including a lucky escape for Baxter the dog leading to concerns that someone may well be trying to poison foxes or birds of prey there.
There are periodic reports of this kind of thing; in 2015 there were a series of reported incidents in Pelsall that caused great concern. If you walk your dog on commons and heaths locally, keep an eye on them and be aware of anything they show particular interest in.
I can’t imagine what’s going through the head of anyone who would do such a thing. Just awful.