Dog dies from suspected pesticide poisoning in Pateley Bridge

Dog dies from suspected pesticide poisoning in Pateley Bridge

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:36am 29th July 2020.

Two spaniels fell seriously ill after a walk in the countryside in April, one recovered, but the other sadly died.

  • Police believe two dogs became poisoned with a cocktail of 4 different pesticides, during a walk in the countryside near Pateley Bridge on 23rd April
  • They became seriously ill and were rushed to a vet, one dog survived, but the one sadly died
  • Officers are appealing for information to help them find out how the poisons reached the dogs 

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information as part of an ongoing investigation into the poisoning of two pet dogs, believed to be as a result of pesticide poisoning.

On 23 April 2020, two spaniel dogs fell seriously ill immediately after a walk, with their owner, in the countryside near Pateley Bridge.

The dogs were rushed to the vets and whilst one of the two recovered, the second was so severely ill that she did not survive.

Details have just been released.

The incident was reported to the police and local area searches conducted, as a well as a warning put out to other dog owners.

Samples taken from the dog which died were submitted to the Wildlife Investigation Scheme (WIIS) administered by Natural England and the results showed the presence of four pesticides.

The dog had a significant quantity of Bendiocarb in its system, along with smaller quantities of Chloralose, Isofenphos and Carbofuran. The tests concluded that exposure to these pesticides most likely caused this dog’s death and the severe symptoms suffered by the second dog.

The same combination of four poisons have been found to cause the deaths of two red kites and a buzzard in Nidderdale since 2016, with other cases of poisoned birds of prey in the area also involving one or more of the chemicals involved.


Pateley Bridge


North Yorkshire Police Inspector Matt Hagen, said:

“The fact we have seen this same combination of chemicals, the ‘Nidderdale cocktail’ as it is sometimes known, also cause the death of birds of prey in this same location would indicate that the poisons have been deliberately left in a place where they could be found by wildlife and unfortunately in this case, domestic pets.

“Pesticide abuse of any kind will not be tolerated and we are doing everything we can to try and find those responsible.”

Following receipt of the test results and acting on local intelligence North Yorkshire Police conducted searches at a number of properties in the area with assistance from Natural England and the RSPB.  

Unfortunately none of these searches resulted in any further evidence as to how these poisons reached the two dogs or who may have been responsible for this suspected pesticide abuse so officers are now appealing for information from the public.

Anyone with any information which could help the police in this investigation should call 101, quoting reference: 12200068444 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mark Thomas, Head of Investigations at the RSPB, said:

“Nidderdale is surrounded by grouse moors and sadly we know from experience, and from the government’s own data, that there is a strong correlation between raptor persecution and driven grouse shooting.

Carbofuran is one of the most commonly-abused substances in the poisoning of birds of prey. It is a highly toxic, banned substance, putting wildlife, pets and people at risk.

This is not the first time harmful substances have been found left out in the open and sadly it unlikely to be the last.

This reckless and irresponsible behavior, which had led to the death of a beloved family pet, cannot be allowed to continue.”