Pet owners in two Australian states have been warned of potential baiting attacks in local areas.
In NSW, Waverley Council last week issued a warning for those walking their dogs around the Bondi Rd post office and revealed it was investigating a potential baiting attack.
“Dog owners! Unfortunately we’re investigating a possible dog baiting on Ocean Street near the Bondi Road Post Office,” the council’s social media post read.
“Please keep your dog on the lead and be aware of what they might be eating. Report suspicious activity to Police on 131 444.”
The post has also been shared to local dog groups on other social media pages to help spread awareness.
“Who would do such a thing?” asked one man.
“Seems like there’s so much of this in Bondi,” said another.
“Can’t believe anyone could feel okay doing something so cruel.”
Nearby pet supply store Paddo Pets shared another warning, suggesting there may be baiting near Bondi Public School.
Over in Western Australia, the RSPCA has also shared news of a baiting in Alexander Heights.
RSPCA WA said it had received reports a nine-week-old puppy was found eating the bait outside its family home, but its owner quickly pulled it out of his mouth.
The puppy’s owner monitored for symptoms and luckily the dog was OK, but the RSPCA is warning those in the area to keep watch for anything suspicious in yards.
“If you find something like this, please report it immediately to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 358,” RSPCA WA said.
“If you know anything about the baiting incident, please also report it immediately.”
Poisoning or baiting animals is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act and those caught face maximum penalties of a $50,000 fine or five years’ jail.
“Our dog was baited 1 month ago in the same circled area and died,” one person commented on RSPCA’s post.
“What a low deed. I hope the perpetrator is caught,” said another.