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Pet poisoner terrorises Sharon community

BAITING ATTEMPT: Bill Veitch’s pet dog Johnny was recently the victim of baiting.
BAITING ATTEMPT: Bill Veitch’s pet dog Johnny was recently the victim of baiting. Selina Ferrais BUNDOG

SOUTH Kolan residents are living in fear after their dogs were baited and faced "almost certain" death.

BAITING ATTEMPT: Bill Veitch’s pet dog Johnny was recently the victim of baiting.
BAITING ATTEMPT: Bill Veitch’s pet dog Johnny was recently the victim of baiting. Selina Ferrais BUNDOG

And while residents of the street believe it's the dogs being targeted, they fear young children in the neighbourhood could be at risk.

South Kolan woman Lorraine Benson has three show dogs, imported from Denmark.

Her three-year-old dog Holly fell victim to the baits after consuming "treats" dropped in the yard.

Ms Benson said it all started about a month ago, as she was hanging out the washing and noticed Holly with something in her mouth.

"She was eating something and bringing it back again, so I followed her down and there was kabana scattered under a tree," she said.

Her dog fell violently ill and was rushed to the vet - a day on a drip and $750 later, Holly's life was saved due to the quick action of Ms Benson, a dog trainer.

She said the baits were disguised as cooked sausage meat and meatballs and feared children were next.

"They just look like nice edible munchies," she said.

"If my 50kg dog got so sick eating two small pieces, I'd hate to think what it does to a small child."

The following day, Ms Benson woke to more baits scattered along her fence line.

"I didn't believe we would get another that quickly," she said.

The woman has now installed security cameras and a double gate but said it was of no avail to her neighbours.

In the two weeks that followed, two more neighbours were targeted.

Neighbour Bill Veitch was next - he woke one morning to find his retired greyhound Johnny severely ill.

He said he didn't know how someone could do that.

"He's such a gentle animal, he's like a pussy cat," he said.

After an emergency trip to the vet and $800 to revive Johnny, Mr Veitch said his dog was saved from almost certain death.

With another neighbour targeted last week and the council and police unwilling to help, the residents say they're at their wits' end.

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