Hidden cameras will be set up in a number of dog parks in Brisbane to try and catch the despicable piece of shit who has been poisoning dogs.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the cameras will be installed in off-leash dog parks so that “we are doing our part to make sure that we can catch the offenders.

“We are working with the police here, but what we want the people who are doing this to know is, you will be caught.”

Schrinner added that more council officers will patrol the dog parks too.

According to the Brisbane Times, affected areas include New Farm, Teneriffe, and Newstead.

Local animal group The Rescue Collective said they have received a number of reports from dog owners about the poison.

“[It] is thrown in with and rolled in mince-like meat as well as pieces of meat off-cuts,” the organisation wrote on Facebook. “Some dogs were believed to ingest the meat around the dog park and actually in it.”

An Instagram page for The Dogs of New Farm recently mourned the loss of Kiody who tragically died after eating the bait.

“Something she ate off the ground had been poisoned by an unknown toxin and she had passed within 24 hours of becoming sick.”

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Yesterday, one of the gorgeous dogs of New Farm tragically passed away. Little Kiody was unfortunately the victim of baiting in the local New Farm and Newstead area. Something she ate off the ground had be poisoned by an unknown toxin and she had passed within 24 hours of becoming sick. Kiody's humans did everything they could to save her life and no expense was spared. Unfortunately, nothing further could be done for her. It's a truly devastating thing to post about, and we wish we didn't have to pass on this warning to others with dogs. However, we feel obliged to inform you all that this has happened and urge you to please be careful when taking your fur babies for walks in the area. Don't let them eat anything off the ground, as there are soulless individuals out there who wish to do your dogs harm. The team here at @huttonandhutton offer Kiody's humans our deepest sympathies. We are so sorry for your loss and we feel frustrated for you as this simply shouldn't have happened. Kiody was a beautiful dog and hopefully there are plenty of treats for her where she is now ????????

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Locals in the area have since conducted organised sweeps to try and rid the parks of any bait.

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Since Wednesday's post about Kiody, there has been another puppy life lost in the New Farm and Newstead area. We were sent this image today and we've received several messages informing us there is meat like in the image above strewn around the parks and local areas. Apparently there is an organised sweep occuring at 4pm today. Regardless, please everyone in the area stay vigilant and make sure your dogs aren't eating anything off the ground. If you usually allow your dog to walk off leash, it may be safer to keep them on lead for the time being. We sincerely hope this stops soon, as we love all the dogs in New Farm and we love to see them out and about in a happy, safe environment. If we hear anything further, we will be sure to let you all know.

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New Farm’s Fortitude Valley Vet recently shared a community alert, advising dog owners to bring their pets in if they present any of the following symptoms:

  • If your dog is lethargic or experiencing weakness
  • If your dog has tremors
  • If your dog has excess salivation or is slobbering more than usual
  • Go to your local vet immediately if your dog collapses and has seizures

“Please be vigilant. We love our furry community so let’s look out for each other’s dogs as well,” the post continued.

“If you see something, please speak to the dog’s owner – your kindness may just save a life.”

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Unfortunately, we have bad news. There have been incidences of dog baiting (where people deliberately leave out poison baits for dogs to get at) in the dog parks of New Farm and Newstead. We are aware of four cases so far, three from this week (two came to our clinic). We ask that you please, please watch over your dogs as they play. Please do not let your dog eat or chew anything off the grass. Dog baits come in many forms – some are coated in peanut butter, some are poisons stuffed into pieces of meat . . What to watch out for (any of these): if your dog is lethargic or experiencing weakness; if your dog has tremors, if your dog has excess salivation or is slobbering more than usual, if your dog collapses and has seizures… ➡️➡️ see your local vet immediately (call ahead to check that they're open) or head to your nearest emergency hospital. . . Please be vigilant. We love our furry community so let's look out for each other's dogs as well. If you see something, please speak to the dog's owner – your kindness may just save a life.

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