Several dogs get sick after eating a salty substance at the dog park in West Toronto

Pet owners in west Toronto are advised to exercise caution after several dogs recently at a dog park in Etobicoke became ill.

Late Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Toronto Police Department’s 22nd Division were called to a small private off-leash area on Summerland Terrace, near Dundas and Bloor streets, after receiving reports of someone “putting chemicals on the grass spread’.

Members of the Toronto Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit also attended and collected samples of the substance for testing.

Toronto Animal Services was notified of the situation, which police are calling a “suspicious incident”.

According to police, someone placed “crushed” chemicals on the AstroTurf in a now closed line-free zone next to an apartment building.

The substance, which is described as a white or gray powder, is believed to be a salt substitute, Const said. Laura Brabant.

Neighbor Clifford Butten told CP24 he saw a white substance in the gated park and shortly after, his dog, Frankie, developed a cough.

Butten said he then collected a sample and gave it to the police.

“I was curious and wanted to know, because this poor man has been sick for a week.

A lot of dogs here have gotten sick and a lot of people say it’s kennel cough and so on, which is very possible,” he said.

‘But where does this come from in the end? They put this on purpose because we are always there. We know how clean the park is. We clean it ourselves.”

Brabant said the first complainant told them that their dog had been sick and coughing for a few days. The animal became ill after July 15, she said.

Brabant noted that on-site investigators were approached by at least three other dog owners who told them their pets were experiencing similar “pneumonia-like” symptoms.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Toronto Police Department at 416-808-2200, or Anonymous Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or

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