A dog has died after lumps of "poisoned" meat were left in a popular beauty spot with other pooches taken unwell while walking in the surrounding area.
Tragic mutt Oscar died after wolfing down cubes of a meat-like substance which had been tossed on the ground in Anstruther, Fife, Scotland, and dog walkers have been warned to be cautious.
Piles of rotting food were discovered, the Daily Record reports.
An undercover officer for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said: "We are urging pet owners walking their dogs in these areas to be extra vigilant.
"While poisoning has not been confirmed, we would urge anyone with information to contact our helpline. Attempting to deliberately harm an animal is a criminal offence.
"We would always discourage members of the public from leaving food for animals in public areas as, although they may mean well, it can cause harm.
"We would encourage any owners whose dogs display similar symptoms to contact their veterinarian.
"It may be that further tests could be carried out to determine what the substance is”.
Reports of dumped food have been made in the Kilrenny Common, Dreelside Crawhill Farm, and Cellardyke monument areas of the seaside town.
Daryl Wilson: said: "Since 11 December I have received reports on a weekly basis of dogs suffering from gastrointestinal problems after eating randomly discarded meat or fish at popular dog walking areas.
"I am asking dog walkers in the local community to be extra vigilant.
"It could be that someone is innocently leaving food for animals, not knowing the repercussions of this."
If anyone has any information about this case or that poisonous substances are being deliberately used against animals, they are urged to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.