Fish Hook Warning - Urgent
Please be careful if you are walking your dog on the beach in the Bognor, Selsey and Witterings areas. We have had a spate of dogs that have swallowed fish hooks which have required anaesthetics and sometimes surgery to remove them.
Many of these cases involve dogs eating meat attached to hooks on the end of crab lines. The worst affected area is the Witterings. We are currently trying to arrange for notices to be put up to warn owners of the risks and also to try to make children and parents more aware of the serous dangers they create by abandoning baited fish hooks.
We strongly suggest that until this problem can be controlled, all dog owners keep their dogs under strict control when exercising around beach areas and maybe even consider the used of Baskerville muzzles. Several owners have reported that they did not even see their dogs eating the hooks and only knew there was a problem when they found lengths of fishing line trailing from their pet's mouth.