Social media may be barking about anti-freeze in dog parks, but police have yet to find any evidence.
City staff have erected temporary signs at the parks in Glenmore and Rutland to alert owners that someone may have left chemically laced bread on the ground. An owner made a formal complaint that there was a tainted food item in the Rutland park, but an officer who investigated smelled nothing and recovered no food item.
"The signs are going up just to make sure dog owners monitor their pets at all times," said Ian Wilson, services manager of Kelowna parks.
Social-media sites reported tainted doughnuts in the Rutland park and tainted buns in the Glenmore park. Police have recovered nothing to prove it, said spokesman Const. Kris Clark. A local veterinarian tested a dog that was reportedly poisoned last weekend and found nothing, said Wilson.
Pet-haters have been known to use anti-freeze to poison animals. The chemical smells sweet but can kill them.
"No matter where you have your dogs, be cognizant that not everyone loves animals and may want to do something to injure them," said Clark.
He recommends doing a quick walk-around of the park before letting your dog loose. If you see the dog eating something, investigate further.