Dog injured by ‘booby traps’ in Doncaster wood

Sandall Beat Wood, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley
Sandall Beat Wood, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley

Rangers at a popular Doncaster beauty spot are investigating claims that a dog was injured by booby traps left by callous yobs.

A warning message was posted on social media after a distraught dog owner said his pet’s legs were badly cut on the sharp carpet grippers nailed into the ground in Sandall Beat Woods.

Shocked residents who saw the post on the Lost and Found Pets in Doncaster Facebook page shared the message to alert other dog walkers in the borough.

The post read “Please be aware somebody has nailed carpet grippers into the ground in the woods at the side of the racecourse.

“A dog has been injured. Please take care if walking in these woods. “

The dog owner, who did not want to be named, removed the offending carpet grippers and alerted rangers at the wood.

His dog is recovering after the ordeal that happened on Thursday.

Rangers at Sandall Beat Environment Centre and Woods are reassuring dog walkers that they are carrying out searches following the claims and urging residents to report anything suspicious.

Sandall Beat Environment Centre and Woods posted a message on their official Facebook page on Thursday that read: “We have just had contact with the owner of the dog that was injured by the carpet gripper left in our woods.

“The owner removed the gripper last night. Our Rangers and volunteers have also conducted thorough searches of the woods today and there has been no further sightings of anything dangerous.

“We hope that this does not put people off from using our woodlands.

“We do occasionally have incidents of Anti-Social behaviour within the woods, please if anyone sees anything untoward or a danger to woodland users contact 736000 as a matter of urgency and the issue will be dealt with accordingly.”

A spokesman for the RSPCA said the incident had not been reported to them by the dog owner but they had been alerted by the Sandall Park rangers.

The spokesman added: “We understand thorough searches have taken place and no dangerous items have been found.

“We hope the dog involved in this incident is okay.

“Causing unnecessary suffering is an offence and anyone with any concerns can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.” South Yorkshire Police were unavailable for comment.