Deliberate dog poisoning concerns in Ystradgynlais have been quashed by the town council following confirmation that they’ve yet to receive official presentations from concerned owners.

Following last week’s town council meeting where members of the public were invited to share their concerns, a council statement said they are still awaiting evidence of deliberate attempts to poison dogs.


“We’ve noted with concern recent social media reports of the deliberate poisoning of dogs on public land in Ystradgynlais, and these reports have naturally caused anxiety and fear in the community,” said the council statement.

“At present, the town council has not been presented with and is not aware of any evidence of deliberate attempts to poison dogs.”


The statement goes on to say that pellets found on a public footpath which were originally believed to be poisonous, have now been analysed and are found to comprise a suet-based bird food.

Ystradgynlais Town Council has also held discussions with its contractors to ensure that no weed killers nor any other potentially damaging chemicals have been used in the areas concerned, which rules out the possibility of accidental poisoning.

“The council has, at present, received no evidence to support the reports of poisoning,” concludes their statement.

“If anyone has any evidence to the contrary we would ask them to provide it to the local police who are the appropriate authority to investigate such allegations.”

The concern grew after one dog was reported to have died and eight more suffered severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea after walking on a public footpath adjacent to the Ystradgynlais playing fields and rugby club.