Published On: Wed, Oct 29th, 2014 on 12:34 pm

Warning issued after marshmellows laced with poison found in Leeds

Deadly Marshmellows Leeds

A warning has been issued to parents and dog owners after marshmallows stuffed with rat poison and screws have been found in Leeds.

Take My Paw, a Leeds-based charity that supports the work of animal charities across West Yorkshire, has warned residents after the marshmellows were found on a field near Guiseley Cricket Club, close to a children’s play area.

The potentially deadly sweets are also believed to have been found in Otley Chevin, but the charity is awaiting confirmations.

Zoe Webb, co-founder of Take My Paw, said: “We were contacted by a lady who is one of our supporters and had been walking with her mum to the shops. She saw something peculiar on the floor, and found they were marshmellows cut in half filled with poison, ball bearings and screws.

“It can be very dangerous, even for children who can easily pick them up, and the ball bearings put inside are definitely designed to inflict pain.”

Deadly Marshmellows Leeds

The charity took to social networking sites to raise awareness about the marshmellows, and have since reached out to over five million people. Actress Jennifer Saunders also shared their post.

The police, the council, the cricket club, and the RSPCA charity have all been informed.

A spokesperson for the RSCPA told press: “Deliberately attempting to poison animals in this way is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act. If anyone believes their pet may have been poisoned or eaten a poisonous substance they should take them straight to a vet, ideally with a sample of the potentially poisonous substance.”

Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or police via 101.

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