The RSPCA is urging pet owners living in the Pontypridd area to be vigilant following recent reports of unwell dogs in the area.

Members of the public have reported their dogs have become ill after walking them close to a tree stump near Pontypridd Cottage Hospital, on which bird seed is regularly left.

The RSPCA is now appealing for anyone with information which could help to come forward.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “Animals, and especially dogs, are often extremely curious and will be drawn to food.

“We are always deeply concerned about any spate of suspected poisonings. Ingesting just the smallest amounts of some substances can lead to kidney failure and death.

“We advise owners to keep an extra eye on their pets, and if they are particularly worried that their dogs may eat anything it finds, to keep them on a lead. If anyone suspects that their dog has been poisoned they must take them to a vet immediately. If possible, they should take a sample of what the dog has eaten.

“If anyone has any evidence which could help us find out what is the cause of these suspected poisonings then I would urge them to contact the RSPCA’s inspector appeals line on 0300 123 8018.”

Poisoning is a criminal offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

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