How (not) to poison a dog

Plus: What police do with CCTV; most popular royal burial grounds

14 March 2015

9:00 AM

14 March 2015

9:00 AM

Deadly to dogs

An Irish setter was allegedly poisoned at Crufts, using beef containing slug pellets. Some other substances with which dog-show rivals could poison your pooch:
Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant which dogs cannot metabolise, and which causes the heart to race. It takes just 1 oz per pound of body weight of milk chocolate and a third of an ounce per pound of body weight of dark chocolate to kill a dog.
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in two thirds of dogs. The link was discovered by America’s Animal Poison Control Center in 2004 after the fruit was linked to the deaths of 140 animals in one year, though the chemical involved is not known.
E-cigarette capsules contain 6-24 mg of nicotine — enough to induce convulsions and kill a dog.
Onions and garlic contain thiosulphate, which can cause fatal anaemia in dogs.

Got it taped

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe suggested that people install CCTV inside their homes to catch burglars. How big a part does CCTV play in the Met’s investigations? These figures, from 2012/13, compare the number of cases where police retrieved CCTV footage and where they did not:

CCTV used
Violence 4,500
Burglary 9,810
Robbery 884
Sex offences 153
Theft/handling of stolen goods 13,200

Source: FOI request

CCTV not used
Violence 19,200
Burglary 1,270
Robbery 5,620
Sex offences 906
Theft/handling of stolen goods 61,700

Source: FOI request

Grave distinction

Richard III is to be reburied in Leicester Cathedral. Which places can claim the most royal remains?
— Westminster Abbey: 17 (Edward the Confessor, Henry III, Edward I, Edward III, Richard II, Henry V, Edward V, Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I, Charles II, Mary II, William III, Anne, George II)
— Windsor, including Castle, St George’s Chapel and Frogmore: 12 (Henry VI, Edward IV, Henry VII, Charles I, George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI)
— Winchester Cathedral and associated chapels: 7 (Egbert, Aethelwulf, Alfred, Edward the Elder, Eadred, Eadwig, Harthacnut)

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  • mikewaller

    Shame on those Yorkist relatives who tried to rob poor Leicester of its one opportunity!

    • Dogsnob

      Come on, don’t take the hump.