Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue reveals ‘sad reality’ behind poisonings

Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue reveals ‘sad reality’ behind poisonings

Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue has given the ‘sad reality’ behind a ‘spike’ of recent poisonings.

According to reports, Pets and wild animals in areas of Cleethorpes are becoming sick due to a “spike” of poisonings thought to be caused by puddles in which de-icer has dripped from cars, according to the wildlife rescue.

The cases cited were in the proximity of Highgate and Chichester Road.

Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue urged pet owners to take “extra caution” and monitor their pets, especially around puddles. They said the “sad reality” these types of chemicals can have a detrimental impact on wildlife and pets. They said they can cause damage to many parts of an animal’s body, including the brain, lungs and kidneys.

Posting on their social media, on Friday, December 9, they shared a picture of a deceased fox, which sadly died attributed to being poisoned.

The statement said: “We often get more ingested poisonings in the winter months as people use harsh chemicals to remove ice from vehicles – these chemicals drip from vehicles into puddles, which then poisons any life that drinks from source, including wildlife (of all kinds) and even pets!

“These chemicals bind to calcium in the body and make crystals that form deposits and cause damage to many different parts of the body, including the lungs, brain and the kidneys.”

Symptoms of poisoning in animals may include vomiting, seeming depressed and/or sleepy, appearing uncoordinated, suffering seizures/fits, difficulty breathing and excessive drinking and urinating.

They said if pets or wildlife are displaying any of the above symptoms as they are “all time critical”.

The statement continued: “The area we have seen this spike is between Highgate, Cleethorpes and around to Chichester Road. Please take extra caution when walking pets in this area but keep an extra close eye on pets no matter where you are.

“It is the very sad reality that as a population we don’t take into account the damage these chemicals can have on our wildlife and pets. More than ever, heading into the winter season, we need your support to keep responding to wildlife casualties in the area.”

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