Horrendous news story emerging here of dogs losing their lives on a path in North Yorkshire – deliberate poisoning has not been ruled out:
Horrified dog owners started reporting the mystery deaths of their pets to vets, police and RSPCA officials last week.
The path has now been cordoned off, with the tally at 13 deaths – all believed from poisoning – in just six days.
RSPCA and police are now trying to discover what killed the dogs and whether poison has been put down deliberately.
The dogs all collapsed, many convulsing and frothing at the mouth, after being walked along the rural footpath near Station Road in the village of Cross Hills, North Yorks.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Sally Ramsden said: "People had been taking their dogs along this footpath and within less than 20 minutes, the dogs were suffering convulsions and dying.
"We are extremely concerned. We don't know what is causing this but we strongly suspect that the dogs may have been poisoned.
We also cannot rule out the possibility that this is being done deliberately.
"These dogs have suffered horrendously and we desperately need to hear from anyone who has information. In the meantime, we really need people to stop walking their dogs on this footpath."
If you believe you can help, please contact the RSPCA or local authorities.