Surrey

Police increase patrols after dog 'poisoned' in Godalming

Patrols have been increased in an area where a dog ate what is thought to have been poisoned salmon.

Surrey Police said officers had been reassuring residents after the golden retriever consumed the fish on the River Wey towpath at Godalming on Saturday. It died the next day.

The RSPCA said it thought the meat had been deliberately placed there.

Natural England has taken over the investigation since the area is a site of Special Scientific Interest.

A police spokesman said when the dog's owner returned to her car after their walk, her pet was ill and foaming at the mouth.

The woman re-traced her steps and found pieces of what appeared to be salmon scattered along the towpath.

She took the dog to a vet but he later died, the spokesman said.

A spokeswoman from Natural England said tests of both the dog carcass and the fish sample were being arranged.

The RSPCA said deliberately poisoning an animal could attract a penalty of up to six months in jail or a fine of up to £20,000.

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