Warning After Hooks Hidden In Sausages

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Warning after hooks hidden in sausages
12th June 2018

By Karen Pickwick
 
A veterinary practice is warning dog owners to be vigilant after two Jack Russell terriers had emergency operations to remove fish hooks from their stomachs.
 
Beauty and Toby had eaten the cooked sausages with metal hooks inside after finding them in their owner’s garden in Kirk Merrington, near Bishop Auckland, Co Durham.
 
Owner Wendy Blatchford rushed the pair, and her two other Jack Russells, to Wilson Veterinary Group, after she noticed her dogs were behaving oddly one evening and discovered the sausages.
 
Vet Karin Volker saw the meat had been tampered with and x-rayed the four dogs under sedation. The images showed two 5cm long metal fish hooks inside Beauty’s stomach and one inside Toby’s stomach. Wilson Veterinary Group run a 24-hour service and a decision was made to operate immediately at midnight.
 
Beauty and Toby were monitored overnight before returning home the next day to recover.
 
The owner fears her much-loved family pets may have been deliberately targeted and is urging other pet owners to be vigilant. The incident has been reported to the police.