Police investigate if dead foxes were mauled by dogs in Wallington and Beddington

This Is Local London: Four foxes have been found dead in recent weeks Four foxes have been found dead in recent weeks

Police believe people are using dogs to hunt down and kill foxes in the borough.

Four foxes have been found dead in recent weeks with wounds consistent with being mauled by dogs.

On March 17, a resident reported the death of two foxes found in Furlong Close Wallington.

The very next day police were told two foxes had been found dead next to their den which had been dug out near the sewage works in Beddington Lane.

A month before a dog walker spotted two men putting a dog into a hole in the undergrowth of the Roundshaw Downs.

In December last year another person saw a fox emerge from the woods being chased by two dogs.

On two occasions Lurcher or Terrier type dogs were seen to be involved in the attacks.

There are increased police patrols in the area with officers sharing intelligence with neighbouring boroughs – Croydon and Merton.

Police have stressed the seriousness of these offences and say that action will be taken against perpetrators.

PC Heath Keogh said that it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to foxes and dogs.

He added: “Culprits will be prosecuted. The Met Police is treating any crime against any form of wildlife very seriously.”

Foxes are protected from cruelty under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Offenders face six months jail and could face a fine of up to £5,000.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately on 999.

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10:20am Fri 5 Apr 13

cicero35 says...

What next investigation for dead rats
and mice.waste of taxpayers money.
What next investigation for dead rats and mice.waste of taxpayers money. cicero35
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10:29am Fri 5 Apr 13

AlexTB says...

cicero35 wrote:
What next investigation for dead rats
and mice.waste of taxpayers money.
Wildlife crime is serious, and I do not think that investigating those who harm aniamls is a waste of taxpayers money.

Nobody has the right to let dogs maul foxes or any ther animal.

The foxes must hasve suffered a lot of distress and excruciating pain.

I hope they cath the scum who have done this.
[quote][p][bold]cicero35[/bold] wrote: What next investigation for dead rats and mice.waste of taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]Wildlife crime is serious, and I do not think that investigating those who harm aniamls is a waste of taxpayers money. Nobody has the right to let dogs maul foxes or any ther animal. The foxes must hasve suffered a lot of distress and excruciating pain. I hope they cath the scum who have done this. AlexTB
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12:00pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Whilst agreeing with AlexTB, there is one other matter to consider. It is possible that these foxes had various diseases. These could be passed onto those dogs & then on to other dogs, or even children in contact with the dogs. This is something that the owners of the dogs fail to consider.
Whilst agreeing with AlexTB, there is one other matter to consider. It is possible that these foxes had various diseases. These could be passed onto those dogs & then on to other dogs, or even children in contact with the dogs. This is something that the owners of the dogs fail to consider. Hove Ex-Pat
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4:23pm Fri 5 Apr 13

andrewss says...

Cicero35

I don't particularly like foxes, but maybe you haven't heard about the links of animal cruelty that then progresses onto human killing?
Cicero35 I don't particularly like foxes, but maybe you haven't heard about the links of animal cruelty that then progresses onto human killing? andrewss
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9:33pm Fri 5 Apr 13

2dream4 says...

well i love foxes and if i see anyone causing pain to a fox i will report them.
i keep chickens and ducks and i have a fox that comes into my garden every night where he is feed and the badgers, i have never lost any of my animals to the fox. Why would anyone want to watch a beautiful fox being killed by dogs in beyond me.
well i love foxes and if i see anyone causing pain to a fox i will report them. i keep chickens and ducks and i have a fox that comes into my garden every night where he is feed and the badgers, i have never lost any of my animals to the fox. Why would anyone want to watch a beautiful fox being killed by dogs in beyond me. 2dream4
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12:42am Sat 6 Apr 13

Michael Pantlin says...

2dream4 wrote:
well i love foxes and if i see anyone causing pain to a fox i will report them.
i keep chickens and ducks and i have a fox that comes into my garden every night where he is feed and the badgers, i have never lost any of my animals to the fox. Why would anyone want to watch a beautiful fox being killed by dogs in beyond me.
I agree with you 2d4. I'm regularly around Beddington and will keep my eyes peeled and camera and mobile phone at the ready.
[quote][p][bold]2dream4[/bold] wrote: well i love foxes and if i see anyone causing pain to a fox i will report them. i keep chickens and ducks and i have a fox that comes into my garden every night where he is feed and the badgers, i have never lost any of my animals to the fox. Why would anyone want to watch a beautiful fox being killed by dogs in beyond me.[/p][/quote]I agree with you 2d4. I'm regularly around Beddington and will keep my eyes peeled and camera and mobile phone at the ready. Michael Pantlin
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1:02pm Sat 6 Apr 13

AlexTB says...

I also like foxes. We have a family of the that visit the estate where I live. Neighbours like them also, some throwing food out for them.

A neighbour caught some of the kids from the estate cornering one in our ball games area a few years ago, and when challenged they claimed they were steering the fox towards the exit.

Funny that they were cornering it towards the fence on the opposite side to the ball games area and the gate was shut.

If I saw anyone harming an animal wild or pet, I would not hesitate to phone the Police and / or RSPCA cruelty line.
I also like foxes. We have a family of the that visit the estate where I live. Neighbours like them also, some throwing food out for them. A neighbour caught some of the kids from the estate cornering one in our ball games area a few years ago, and when challenged they claimed they were steering the fox towards the exit. Funny that they were cornering it towards the fence on the opposite side to the ball games area and the gate was shut. If I saw anyone harming an animal wild or pet, I would not hesitate to phone the Police and / or RSPCA cruelty line. AlexTB
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