Milo had possibly eaten some of Chloe’s sick. So he had to be brought in by Alison’s husband Derek, 53.
Fortunately, all three dogs recovered following treatment and were able to go home that afternoon.
Alison added: “We were fostering Chloe to give her a safe home and here she was with poisoning from mouldy rubbish. I felt terrible about it.
“Chloe had to be rescued from her old home because she’d been abandoned.
“She’s such a lovely dog but she was in a bad way when she was rescued – so the thought of anything else happening to her was just too much to bear.”
Happily, Chloe, who is around two years old, has now found a permanent home through the dog charity Spaniel Aid UK, which Alison volunteers for and is heavily involved with.
She is flourishing with her new owners, while Teal and Milo are back to their normal cheerful and bouncy selves.
Alison said: “We’ve had a lucky escape here but it’s really important that if your dog starts shaking, or drooling or seems to be losing control of their muscles that you seek help straight away.
“What had happened was someone had dumped a load of food waste like takeaway boxes and then set fire to some of it.
“But the remains of it all were still really poisonous.”
The allotments border a playing field in Alison’s village. Pictures of the waste taken by Alison show a depressing array of plastic cartons, food cans and wrappers dumped there.
Alison said: “It just goes to show how thoughtless some people can be and how much of a risk that can be to dogs who are just out for their regular walk.”
One of the vet nurses who treated the three dogs was Zoe Campbell. She said: “It was an interesting shift to say the least. Chloe arrived first, followed by Teal and then Milo.
“This kind of poisoning can be fatal for dogs – so time really is of the essence, You’ve got to seek veterinary help quickly, as Alison did.
“These cases demonstrate how important it is people dispose of leftovers carefully and keep food waste bins well out of reach.”
The Vets Now clinic in Middlesbrough — where the three dogs received treatment — was recently rated as “outstanding” in the delivery of emergency and critical care by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
All of Vets Now’s premises have a vet and vet nurse on site at all times.
Three dogs rushed to vets one after another after eating mouldy waste
Three dogs became seriously ill after eating mouldy food waste carelessly discarded. Alison Harmison, the owner of the dogs, was distraught to find her beloved pets in a critically-ill state after taking them for a walk. Read more here.