Dog walkers have been warned following claims a pet died after picking up a poisoned stick in a park.
The dog allegedly became ill after an incident in Morgan’s Park, near Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre.
It comes after police said they were still unsure what caused the fatal poisoning of nine cats and two dogs on a Preston estate.
Over the past month, Savick residents reported their pets becoming ill with symptoms such as vomiting, loss of fur and fits.
A message posted on Facebook and shared by Preston & District RSPCA branch read: “My cousin is devastated as he lost his staffie dog this morning due to being poisoned maliciously. He picked up a stick on Saturday and become instantly lethargic.
“He was passing blood and was jabbed at the vets to try and save him however to no avail. He had a post mortem done today to confirm the cause of death. I don’t want to confirm the poison as some sick people may realise its uses.
“Please please share, I would hate other people to go through what my family is going through due to their sad loss.”
John Wareing, the new manager of the Preston & District RSPCA branch, advised dog owners to keep an eye on what their pets pick up in their mouths.
The former trustee of the charity said his wife Julie shared the warning after seeing it posted online.
He said: “We’re trying to get hold of the original poster to get some more information.
“It’s happening quite a lot in Preston at the moment. There were reports in Larches and Savick - there are some nasty people out there.
“We don’t know how much is 100 per cent accurate - you hear stories that spread and people get panicky, but as long as people are aware.
“Years ago you used to let your dog pick stuff up off the street.
“I’ve thrown sticks in the park for my dog - what are you meant to do? Our dog comes back with a stick in its mouth, so there is not a lot you can do.
“But if you really notice anything different about your dog, any strange behaviour, it’s advisable you take it to the vets because it may have picked something up on a walk.”
If you have any information call the police on 101.