Police are hunting a would-be toxic assassin, who scattered a poisonous trap to try and kill a disabled Scarborough woman’s beloved pet dogs.
Under the cover of darkness, Valerie Hopkins’ picturesque garden in Church Beck Cottages, Cloughton, was covered in what’s believed to be rat poison.
She is convinced the targets of the mystery assailant were her young Lhasa Apso dogs, Bracken and Mischa.
And wiping back the tears, she said the culprit could have killed both her pets, or even a child.
“They are the most beautiful little dogs, who could ever want would want to hurt them?
“Whoever has done this has done it with the idea that they wanted them dead and that just breaks my heart – they should be locked up for that.
“I dread to think what would have happened if a young child had wandered onto the estate. It’s not worth thinking about.”-
Police have confirmed that they are investigating the attempted poisoning, which occurred on Tuesday June 4.
And a spokesperson for the force said the culprit’s actions could have had a tragic ending.
“Thankfully the dogs at the address have not suffered any ill effects.
“However, if they had eaten the substance, it could have caused the dogs to suffer distress or worse,” they said.
The attack is thought to have occurred in the early hours, when Ms Hopkins heard a commotion outside as she settled down to watch the TV.
“I thought I should have had a look, but you just don’t think it’s going to be anything, certainly not this.”
Upon discovering the substance the following morning, she alerted police and Cundall and Duffy vets in Falsgrave.
Although the full range of testing is yet to be carried out, both the police and the vets believe that the substance is a poison.
And Ms Hopkins added: “I just want whoever has done this to be caught before someone or somebody gets hurt.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.