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Booby traps set for dogs as sausage rolls laced with 4-inch spikes are left in park


The sausage rolls laced with spikes were found in an alleyway (Picture: Solent)

A mum has shared a warning for dog walkers after her son discovered sausage rolls laced with spikes in a nearby park.

The 4-inch pieces of metal were found protruding out of the food in an alleyway heading to Stratton Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Tracy Hook said: ‘It’s such a lovely area and I regularly use it. It just amazes me that somebody would want to be that cruel.

‘After my son told me about it, we went back together. I took them home, removed the spikes, put them in a plastic bag and threw them in the bin.

‘I first contacted my immediate neighbours on a message group to warn them. Some of them have dogs, and I wanted to make them aware – and I texted some other friends who use the park and have dogs.’

‘I don’t know who would have done such a thing. It’s obvious that somebody wanted to inflict harm on an animal. I can’t see another reason for it, really.

‘I wasn’t too worried about my cat eating them, because she’s very fussy. Cats don’t tend to gobble up things like sausage rolls, but other animals like dogs and foxes would.

‘They were a little bit mouldy, with around eight 10cm-long spikes sticking out of each one.

‘There are lots of dog walkers that use the park, and a football club and a running club… someone’s pet could have been seriously hurt or killed.’

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