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Update: no further action in connection with ill dog

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Two men arrested following an incident in which a guard dog became ill at Kirby Misperton will face no further action.

The dog made a full recovery.

Due to insufficient evidence, no further police action will be taken in relation to the incident.


Update: The dog received treatment at a vet and is recovering well.

The pellets retrieved from the ground at Kirby Misperton are suspected to be aniseed balls – enquiries are still ongoing.

Two men arrested in connection with the incident remain on bail as enquiries continue.


Two men have been arrested on suspicion of poisoning a guard dog at Kirby Misperton.

A 42-year-old man was arrested by police officers at 1.30pm on Monday 8 January in Kirby Misperton on suspicion of administering poison to an animal, and causing criminal damage to an animal.

A 61-year-old man was arrested on a bus at Tadcaster Bus Station at 2.50pm on suspicion of causing criminal damage to an animal, in connection with the same incident.

Police were informed that a number of pellets had been thrown over the fence into the hydraulic fracturing site yesterday morning. A guard dog at the site had eaten some of the pellets, been sick and collapsed. The dog was taken to a vet for treatment.

Several pellets were seized from the site. A caravan parked on Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, was searched as part of the investigation.

Both men have been released on bail, with a condition to stay away from an area around the site gates, as enquiries continue.

Last modified: March 6, 2018