Tainted dog treats had "a strong chemical smell," police say.

Dog owners urged to be vigilant in parks

Tainted dog treats found scattered in East York park, police say

Toronto police issued a public awareness alert on Monday after a report of tainted dog treats were found at a park in the Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Boulevard area.

A man who was walking his dog on Nov. 27 reported to police  his pet became violently ill after partially consuming a “green stick-like” treat found at the park, police said.

“Be vigilant,” Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook said. “Fortunately this person (in this incident) noticed.”

Other similar items were found around the area. The treats are described as 13 centimetres in length with “a strong chemical smell.”

Const. Douglas-Cook advised residents to immediately call police “to try to make the area safe” if they ever encounter something like this.

She said people should report similar incidents to their local division or the Toronto police non-emergency hotline at (416) 808-2222. Police urge anyone who has information to contact them at (416) 808-5300 or Crime Stoppers.