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Tourist panics after her Labrador makes shocking beach find

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For one German holidaymaker, another glorious walk along a beach with her Labrador soon turned into a scene from a Tarantino flick after the discovery of a gruesome artefact.

By Nick Whittle, 1 Sep 2019

An unnamed Bavarian woman got the shock of her life while strolling with her Labrador along a beach in Grömitz, Germany. Seeing her dog pick up an object in the sand she grabbed it and examined it. To her horror she realised that what she was holding looked to be a severed human finger punctured with iron nails.

Barely able to contain her disgust, the 49-year-old ran from the beach and took the object to the nearest police station. Officers examined the finger and informed the woman that luckily it was only a piece of indeterminate meat cut to about the length of a human finger.

A greater concern

The Lübeck and Ostholstein police were in fact more concerned about the presence of the object on the beach. Officers surmise that the object was placed on the beach deliberately in order to cause pain and suffering to dogs.

In a Facebook post from 27/08/19 a spokesperson for the constabulary wrote [translated from German], “At 10.00 clock a 49-year-old woman from Bavaria found the finger-length piece of meat, peppered with four screws, on the dog beach in Grömitz.

 

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Posted by Polizei Lübeck und Ostholstein on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The obvious bait was close to the waterline, right in the area where walkers usually walk with their dogs. The finder, who was on her own with her Labrador, had the bait disposed of by the adjacent DLRG tower and informed the police.”

Police have launched an investigation into the find. They hope to pursue someone under Germany’s Animal Welfare Act, and have asked dog walkers to be extra vigilant while walking along the shoreline.

UK baiting

In May, Wamiz ran a story about the discovery of tennis balls filled with razor blades. The balls were found in Lyme Park, Stockport; police believe they were placed there deliberately to ensnare unsuspecting dogs.

An investigation was launched by Greater Manchester Police. A suspect in this case is yet to be brought to justice.