Deadly toxin targeting dogs in the New Forest, kills one with another seriously ill

Bournemouth Echo: TOXIC SHOCK: Ashley and Poppy who fell victim to a deadly toxin TOXIC SHOCK: Ashley and Poppy who fell victim to a deadly toxin

A DEADLY toxin targeting dogs in the New Forest has struck two canines from the same family, killing one and leaving the other seriously ill.

A pair of whippets owned by Michael Lowe and his daughter Hayley were taken ill after being exercised at Holmsley – the same area where one of the other recent victims was affected.

Five-year-old Poppy was taken to the vets after she cut herself and suddenly lost her appetite.

She was put on a drip but suffered kidney failure, started vomiting blood and died three days later.

Four-year-old Ashley fell ill after being taken for a walk in the same area on the same day – but appears to be making a miraculous recovery.

However, the incident has struck fear into the hearts of the Lowe family, of Christchurch.

Hayley said: “I'm too frightened to take my other dog anywhere.

“If I lost another dog I don't know what I'd do.”

It comes just days after Harley, a three-year-old collie-labrador-dalmation cross, became ill after cutting his leg – also at Holmsley.

Four days later he started being sick and died after suffering acute kidney failure. Harley was owned by Charlotte and Richard Gladman, of Walkford, near Christchurch, who have an 18-month-old son.

Vets suspect that the disease is a version of Alabama Rot, first seen in the United States in the 1980s and thought to be related to a toxin produced by E.coli.

It has killed almost 20 dogs across the UK, including at least 12 in the New Forest.

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2:32pm Sat 8 Feb 14

sp1010 says...

So sorry for the family. The number of confirmed deaths is horrific. but I wonder why they do not release the number of cases with the same symptoms that can't be confirmed and remain "Suspect Cases" due to no autopsy being carried out. My dog belongs in that group. We were too distressed at the time to request an autopsy and we were not offered one. wish they could find a reason or a cure.
So sorry for the family. The number of confirmed deaths is horrific. but I wonder why they do not release the number of cases with the same symptoms that can't be confirmed and remain "Suspect Cases" due to no autopsy being carried out. My dog belongs in that group. We were too distressed at the time to request an autopsy and we were not offered one. wish they could find a reason or a cure. sp1010
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12:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rabbitman64 says...

sp1010 wrote:
So sorry for the family. The number of confirmed deaths is horrific. but I wonder why they do not release the number of cases with the same symptoms that can't be confirmed and remain "Suspect Cases" due to no autopsy being carried out. My dog belongs in that group. We were too distressed at the time to request an autopsy and we were not offered one. wish they could find a reason or a cure.
Entirely agree with your comments.
[quote][p][bold]sp1010[/bold] wrote: So sorry for the family. The number of confirmed deaths is horrific. but I wonder why they do not release the number of cases with the same symptoms that can't be confirmed and remain "Suspect Cases" due to no autopsy being carried out. My dog belongs in that group. We were too distressed at the time to request an autopsy and we were not offered one. wish they could find a reason or a cure.[/p][/quote]Entirely agree with your comments. Rabbitman64
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1:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mrsshep says...

So sorry to hear of yet another dog dying because of this unknown problem. I love the forest, but had a lucky escape with my dog, she cut her paw, in a stream in the forest, but luckily nothing to do with this suspected toxin. Since the problems began back last summer we have stayed away, i would rather find somewhere else to walk than bury one of my dogs.
So sorry to hear of yet another dog dying because of this unknown problem. I love the forest, but had a lucky escape with my dog, she cut her paw, in a stream in the forest, but luckily nothing to do with this suspected toxin. Since the problems began back last summer we have stayed away, i would rather find somewhere else to walk than bury one of my dogs. mrsshep
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3:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

From what I cane see there appears to be no great rush from any of the Authorities to get to the bottom of this
From what I cane see there appears to be no great rush from any of the Authorities to get to the bottom of this billy bumble
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