It seems like the horrible poisoning of cats and dogs around Malta isn’t going anywhere yet, and now, more stories are coming to us from different parts of the island.
“I take my dog Bibi for a nice one hour walk every day up at Majjistral Park, in the Mellieħa limits of Manikata,” said one dog owner. “There aren’t many places where dogs can be off leash and run free where I live, so I drive that extra mile just to be sure she can run more freely. I had also heard that some people were putting poison in parks like Ta’ Qali, so I wanted to make sure we were away from it all.”
“On Wednesday we went for our usual walk, and a few metres from the tower at Majjistral Park, Bibi picked something up and I spotted her straight away. It took me a while to get it out of her mouth, but I finally managed. It was a piece of meat… covered in blue pellets.”
The man went on to say that, barely 100 metres down the hill, he saw his dog grab something else, which turned out to be the exact same thing. “I went to where she grabbed it off the floor, and I saw poison pellets all over the floor.”
One thing’s for sure; this “trend” needs to stop right now. While no one really knows who’s behind all of this (even though many fingers have been pointed over the last couple of months), some people are asking for a Maltese unit of people who would act like park rangers. “And serious park rangers,” the frustrated dog owner went on to say. “You can clearly see the logos of serious organizations like Bird Life, Transport Malta, RSPB, and even the Ministry of Sustainability on the Majjistral Park information board; an episode like this makes them all look bad.”
Days later, the man called Animal Welfare at around lunch time, and he managed to get through to the Head. “A few while after, they called me to meet them on site. We ended up finding around six other pieces of meat covered in poison, and even they were shocked.”
Bibi is now in a stable condition.