Poisoned pigeons could harm your dog

It’s probably a good idea to keep your dog away from any dead birds, animals or fish you come across while out and about anyway, but at the moment in particular you need to watch out for dead pigeons:

Pigeons, alive and dead.

Pigeons, alive and dead.

A serial poisoner is believed to be killing pigeons in central Wellington. …

Nine dead pigeons were found around Te Aro Park on Wednesday, mainly run over on the road, following a similar incident last Friday. Four more were found yesterday around the corner of Victoria and Dixon streets. …

[Mr Lahman] suspected the pigeons were killed with alpha-chloralose — the agent found in 32 sparrows poisoned in Brooklyn’s Central Park last May. …

Wellington SPCA spokesman James Craw said the dose of poison lethal to pigeons was much less than would affect larger animals, and would be unlikely to harm dogs, but dogs should still be kept away from dead pigeons.

[Via Poisoned Pigeons In Central Wellington | Stuff.co.nz.]