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Mystery beach 'balls' risk to pets

Friday November 22nd 2013

Pet owners are being warned that mysterious white lumps of fat being washed up on beaches can put their animals' health in danger.

One dog fell seriously ill and had to be put to sleep after eating some of the decomposing fat, which looks like snowballs, that has been appearing along the Welsh coast for at least the past two weeks.

Experts have been unable to say for certain where the globules have come from but are suggesting they may have been washed across to the UK by Atlantic storms or been dumped by ships on the ocean.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it is not necessarily a widespread problem but it advised dog walkers to be "vigilant" after surfer Daniel Hart, from Gorseinon, near Swansea, had to put his dog Maisey to sleep when she consumed what is thought to be congealed vegetable oil.

As well as the death of Maisey there are also believed to have been up to 10 cases of dogs falling ill in the Cornwall area as well, said an NRW spokesman.

A Swansea County Council spokesman said it would investigate reports of the fat but so far it had not seen any.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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