Undated file photo of poisoned dog treats. Image credit: Facebook

Dogs poisoned on Kelowna trail

A warning is being shared by pet owners after two dogs were allegedly poisoned

A Kelowna dog rescue society is warning pet owners after it claims at least two dogs were poisoned near the Myra Canyon Trestles.

While some earlier reports had said a dog had died as a result, they were fortunately wrong, but the warning is still an important one.

At least two dogs have allegedly become extremely sick and required veterinarian care.

According to Paws it Forward, pet owners are being told to avoid the McCulloch and Myra Canyon trestles area as poisoned pieces of meat and treats were scattered throughout the trails.

As it stands, these are the only reports in the Kelowna area.

“Do not walk with your animals in these areas right now or keep a very watchful eye on them and on leash,” reads a post by Paws it Forward. “We know that many dogs can ‘leave it,’ but even if they touch the item they can become ill.”

The Kelowna RCMP has not had a file opened on this situation, but they encourage anyone affected to inform the RCMP and the Kelowna SPCA immediately so an investigation can be conducted.

A sentiment echoed by Kelowna BCSPCA branch manager Sean Hogan.

“We’re definitely concerned if this in fact is happening. We don’t want animals hurt like that,” said Hogan.

“Call our Cruelty-Reporting Hotline at 1-855-622-7722.”

Hogan said the above incident was not reported to the SPCA, but they hope the owner might come forward and let them know.

“I have not been able to verify this yet, nothing has been reported to the BCPSCA cruelty reporting hotline yet,” said Hogan. “But, anytime animals are being targeted like that it sends up alarm bells all over the place and by rights, I am glad someone is spreading the word as that is a popular hiking spot.”