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Dog owner raises concern over ‘white stuff’

Gill Barker's dog next to the large white lump found on Shoreham beach on Tuesday

Gill Barker's dog next to the large white lump found on Shoreham beach on Tuesday

CONCERNS have been raised that lumps of fat that could be dangerous to dogs have been washed up on Shoreham Beach.

Resident Gill Barker said she was walking her dog on the beach on Tuesday when she spotted two ‘very large lumps of odd white stuff’ near Shoreham Fort, where the Environment Agency has been carrying out its shingle operation.

“At first glance, they looked like two very large chalk rocks, but when I had a closer look they were crumbly and waxy,” she said.

“I remember reading something about this kind of stuff a while ago and it was described as decomposing fat which can be very dangerous for dogs to eat, yet they love it ,apparently.”

She wanted to alert dog owners to the danger, as she knew one dog in Cornwall had died after eating a decomposing ball of fat that washed up on a Welsh beach.

White lumps of fat washed up in small quantities in November.

Experts said at the time that Atlantic storms could have washed the fat over to the UK, or passing ships may have dumped it at sea.

This morning, the Environment Agency said it had sent in a team to look into the lumps and remove them as necessary.

 

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