Razor-laced tennis balls are being left in parks to ‘target dogs’

Razor-laced tennis balls are being left in parks to ‘target dogs’


Dog owners are being warned to keep a lookout for concealed razor blades inside tennis balls after it is claimed puppies found balls with sharp blades hidden inside.

The dog owner claims their puppies found the balls hidden in the reeds in Lyme Park near Disley in Stockport on Friday, Manchester Evening News reported.

They say their puppies began chewing on the balls, which disintegrated revealing the shocking sight of brand new razor blades wedged inside.

They added that they "can't bear to think of the consequences" had the dogs chewed or swallowed the blades during the incident.

The incident has been reported to police and park rangers.

Police are now investigating the find, which the dog owners believe was done to target dogs.

Details of the shocking incident were shared on the Stockport Crime Watch Facebook page.

The post said: "This ball containing a new razor blade inside was picked up by my dogs in the reeds adjacent to the Knott car park at the far end of Lyme Park at 6.00 pm 24th May.

"It has been doctored by someone who evidently has malevolent intentions towards dogs.

"My puppies carried it back to the car and chewed it up. We found this vicious razor blade inside.

"The pond life responsible may use poison or there may be more doctored balls in the vicinity.

"The police and the rangers at Lyme have been informed and have assigned an incident number IML410822.

"Please let them know of any further developments.

"Please be vigilant- my dogs just found this old ball set in the reeds hidden for them to find.

"I even threw it for them! I can’t bear to think of the consequences…"

A spokeswoman for the National Trust, who run Lyme Park told Manchester Evening News: “We are aware of an incident reported by a local dog walker on Friday 24 May. The matter is now being investigated by local police.

"We've informed our countryside team who will be carrying out additional checks whilst working in the wider estate.”

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