Alert: at the Bois de Boulogne, dog poisonings do not cease

In Paris, the Bois de Boulogne is one of the only areas where dogs can romp freely. But the cases of poisoning, which are multiplying, prevent many owners to let their dog romp there.

It had been ten years since Chianti, a magnificent Golden Retriever, was walking in the Bois de Boulogne. That day, August 10, while her mistress was away on vacation, it was her "grandmother" who took care of her. As she was used to, she took the pretty bitch stretch her paws in the wood, along the rails of the little train that leads to the Jardin d'Acclimatation. This trip could have been a nice walk, like any other... but it was fatal.

Gourmet, Chianti stopped to eat something she had found on the floor. The mother of her owner then found that it was a kind of small yellowish marbles. The next day, Chianti presented the first symptoms of a gastro (vomiting, diarrhea). The same evening, she was hospitalized. The next day, while her mistress, returning from vacation, had come to see her at the veterinary clinic, Chianti was seized with cerebral convulsions, a sign of poisoning. Three days after this walk in the woods, the bitch died:

It does not happen only to the others

"We know that there are cases of poisoning in the Bois de Boulogne, all the world is aware but I never imagined that it would happen to my dog, "says Laurence Lasante, owner of Chianti, AllCreatureAnimalClinic. Residing in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), this mother does not recover from the loss of her dog: "The sky fell on our head, it's a real family drama, a real trauma ". His children, who grew up with Chianti, have collapsed.

If it is certain that Chianti died poisoned, it is unclear what poison was used. "My vet is almost certain that it is strychnine (formerly used to kill crows and small rodents, but has been banned in France since 1999> )". This would corroborate with a rumor that someone would put this substance in the garbage of the Bois de Boulogne and in meatballs. However, no autopsy was done on Chianti to confirm it.

When will the police act?

Destroyed by this blow, Laurence Lasanté filed a complaint « by revolt "at the police station of 16 th arrondissement of Paris. "But the police do not care, I know it will not succeed," she grieves. "For them, it's just a dog, whereas for my family, it was a human being." This neuilléenne would however like at least, the Bois de Boulogne is more regularly cleaned: "it's all dirty time, a real dump! If the wood were better maintained, maybe this waste would not end up there."

As for the surveillance cameras , Laurence Lasanté does not think it would be a solution "Even if there were cameras, the police would not open investigations, because they are only animals, the least of their worries!

In the wood, poisonings create psychosis

Only option: "it would be necessary that all the persons to whom such a tragedy arrives to file a complaint", estimates it. "I'm amazed to see so many dogs died poisoned in the woods... If everyone alerted about this phenomenon, maybe things would change." It is also to prevent this tragedy from happening again that she chose to file a complaint and confide in AllCreatureAnimalClinic. " So that Chianti is not dead for anything .

Feeling "a huge void" since the loss of Chianti, Laurence Lasanté feels "unable to take another dog". She explains: " I refuse to have a dog that needs to run, to let off steam, without ever being able to let go of it anywhere ". The Bois de Boulogne is indeed one of the few places in Paris, with the Bois de Vincennes, where you can detach your dog. But these cases of repeated poisoning cause the masters and their dogs to flee. Laurence Lasanté, like many other Parisian pet owners, wonders: "So that's it, having a dog in Paris? Is it to leave him locked up and keep him on a leash all the time, unless he runs after him as soon as he has truffle on the ground? It is sad.

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