Greater Manchester Police has warned dog walkers to remain vigilant after a tennis ball chewed by a dog was discovered to contain a razor blade.
By, 28 May 2019
Dog owners in the Disley area of Stockport are on high alert following the latest discovery on Thursday (26/5/19) of a razor blade inside a tennis ball.
Numerous dog owners previously reported finding similar evidence of what appears to be a malicious intent to harm animals.
The tennis balls look normal from the outside but they contain a razor blade. If a dog swallows or chews the ball they may sustain serious life-threatening injuries.
Chris Slater of The Mirror reports that the latest doctored tennis ball was found in Lyme Park in Disley. The witness claims that his puppies began to chew on the ball which then disintegrated to reveal its deadly contents.
The owner told The Mirror that they 'can't bear to think of the consequences' if the dogs had chewed or swallowed the blades.
Police are now investigating the finds, which some dog owners think point to a direct attempt to cause harm to animals. Stockport Crime Watch has highlighted the danger in a Facebook post.
The post reads: ‘This ball containing a new razor blade inside was picked up by my dogs in the reeds adjacent to the Knott car park at the far end of Lyme Park at 6.00 pm 24th May.
‘It has been doctored by someone who evidently has malevolent intentions towards dogs.
‘My puppies carried it back to the car and chewed it up. We found this vicious razor blade inside.
‘The pond life responsible may use poison or there may be more doctored balls in the vicinity.
‘The police and the rangers at Lyme have been informed’.
A similar warning is to be heeded by children playing in the park who may want to pick up a tennis ball and throw it.
If anyone has further information that will help police with their enquiries they are asked to contact the police or Stockport Crime Watch and quote reference IML410822.