DOG owners in parts of County Durham have been put on high alert after an elderly man is reportedly offering treats to some pets that could cause harm.

Durham Police are asking dog owners in Lanchester to be vigilant after reports of an elderly man offering treats to some dogs that could potentially be harmful.

According to officers, there have been two known incidents of a man approaching dogs and making a fuss of them before offering them a treat, with the not police treating the incident as “malicious intent”.

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A spokesperson for Durham Police said: “We have photographs of the treats offered and residents have likened them to plant food tablets, which should not be consumed by animals.

“The male has been described as in his 90s and has told owners he is a dog lover and has always loved dogs. We are not treating this as malicious intent currently and have concerns for the male’s welfare.

The Northern Echo: Durham Police are warning dog owners about the treats. Picture: DURHAM POLICE.Durham Police are warning dog owners about the treats. Picture: DURHAM POLICE.

“If your dog is offered any treats whilst out on walks, please do not accept them. Please also be mindful of dogs eating anything from the floor whilst out.”

If anyone has more information, contact PC 9091 Georgia Whitfield at Consett Police Station, quoting reference DHM-12052022-0097

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