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Gard: several dogs die poisoned during the final of the French canicross championship

2023-03-12T17:06:04.915Z


A slug product concealed in meatballs is believed to be the cause of the deaths of three dogs. A fourth is in serious condition. An investigation has been opened by the Nîmes prosecutor's office.


A festive day that turns to tragedy.

Three dogs died after being poisoned this Sunday, March 12, during the final of the French canicross championship (running in the company of a dog) which was held in Vauvert in the Gard.

A fourth is in serious condition.

"

It's a strong emotion, a mixture of sadness and anger

," said the Fédération des Sports et Loisirs Canins (FSLC) in a Facebook post after the tragedy which unfolded around 7:30 a.m. shortly before the launch. of the race.

These poisonings would be linked to "

a slug product contained in meatballs scattered along the sports course

", reports France 3 Occitanie.

"Abject criminal act"

The three dogs would have died fifteen minutes after ingesting one of these pellets, despite the intervention of a veterinarian on site.

The fourth animal is still between life and death, "

having only sniffed the vomit of other dogs

", specifies Yvon Lasbleiz, the president of the FSLC to the local media.

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For the Federation, the criminal character is beyond doubt: "

We have a thought for the dogs who left us following an abject criminal act

", she wrote.

I don't know if this person realizes his act.

When you see what it did to the dogs, imagine if a child had approached these pellets

, ”he protested to France 3.

Investigation opened by the Nîmes prosecutor's office

"

The most beautiful dog's party is ruined...

", lamented the FSLC.

The event, which was originally supposed to take place in a festive atmosphere, finally had to be canceled, said the town hall of Vauvert on Facebook.

The latter added in her post that the competition area is prohibited from access by a “

municipal decree during the investigation

”.

Gendarmes from the Vauvert brigade (Gard) and members of the scientific police made the trip.

Several dumplings were picked up, "

without the exact number being known

", informs France 3. Several people were interviewed and the corpses of the four-legged animals will be autopsied in Lyon.

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The FSLC, the local association Canicross30 and the town hall of Vauvert filed a complaint.

The Nîmes public prosecutor's office was seized of the case.

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