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Dog dies after eating white waxy substance washed up at Polzeath

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

Dog dies after eating white waxy substance washed up at Polzeath
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A dog has died after eating a white waxy substance washed up onto the beach at Polzeath.

The incident took place last week, and has prompted Cornwall Council to issue a warning to keep pets and young children away from any similar material found on the coastline.

Warning signs have been erected at Polzeath.

David Owens, the authority's Assistant Head of Environment and Waste Management, said: "Following reports of white and yellow waxy substances being washed up on a number of South Cornwall beaches in October, the Council has been informed of a similar white waxy substance being washed up on Polzeath beach.

"The authority was informed of the incident following the death of a dog on 11 December and immediately erected warning signs on the beach.

"This is the 14th report of substances being washed up on beaches in Cornwall over the past two months and staff from the Council are working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Environment Agency and Natural England to monitor the situation and are on stand by to take further action if required.

"Members of the public are asked to report any sightings of substances being washed up on any beach in Cornwall to the Council as quickly as possible and to ensure that children and dogs are kept away from the material." z

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  • josdave  |  December 16 2013, 11:04PM

    toffer had it right it is all about saving money no matter what form of life may suffer. These callous shipowners, it's them who instruct the crew to cut costs, should be closed down as fines don't bother them with all their resources.

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  • wringer  |  December 16 2013, 4:06PM

    just when visit cornwall are doing a big tourism push to encourage people with dogs to come to Cornwall. Honestly, when will we wake up and realise that this puts people off visiting which damages our economy. Plus of course who would want to walk the dog on their local beach. you only have to turn away for a second if they are off lead and you could end up with a sick pet.

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  • Lafrowda  |  December 16 2013, 3:50PM

    Foreigners ?

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  • BJinHelston  |  December 16 2013, 3:32PM

    In the past we used to take our dog to Gunwalloe but not anymore. The amount of debris on the beach there is incredible. Mainly plastic bottles most of which are foreign - just where do they all come from?

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  • toffer99  |  December 16 2013, 3:16PM

    Just another ship illegally swilling the filth out of its tanks a few miles south of our beaches. So it kills a few dogs, fish and wildlife -who cares if it saves the owners money.

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