A warning has been issued to dog owners in Pontypridd, following reports to the RSPCA that meat with unidentified tablets was left out on a main road.

The charity was alerted after the meat – comprising of chicken and sausages – were spotted by a member of the public on Cardiff Road, in the Hawthorn area of the town on Monday (4 September).

Meat was scattered at intervals of 10 to 15 feet along the Hawthorn road, in an area understood to be a popular local walking route for dogs.

The individual’s dog consumed some of the meat, and later appeared lethargic. The dog walker later returned to potentially collect some of the suspicious meat, by which point it had all been cleared away.

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information, and urged dog walkers in the local area to be cautious, and on the look-out for anything suspicious.

Sophie Daniels, RSPCA inspector, said: “We’ve been alerted to meat being found on a Hawthorn main road, which appeared to have unidentified pills pushed into it.

“These reports are concerning, and we’re urging local dog walkers to be on the look-out for anything suspicious, and to be cautious at this time.

“We’d also urge anyone who fears their dog may have consumed this meat to take their pet to a vet immediately for a check over.

“If anyone has any information related to this incident, they should contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

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