We fear fox killer is poisoning them

Echo: We fear fox killer is poisoning them We fear fox killer is poisoning them

A FAMILY fear a brutal animal killer is lacing food with poison to rid a street of foxes, putting children and pets at risk.

Vicki Ellis, 29, and her partner Kev Butler, 33, were horrified to find four dead fox cubs next to a pile of chicken and sausage in their back garden in Vaughan Williams Road, Laindon.

They were taken away by animal welfare charity the RSPCA which estimated they had been clubbed over the head. It is now investigating.

But Vicki believes they could have been lured or poisoned by food which was next to them when they were found.

She worries for the safety of her children Jake, three, and Sophie, two. She said: “If my children were in the garden what could have happened to them? Or if the dog next door picked up the food?

“We have to check the garden every day in case there has been something brought in by the foxes or if there’s any more dead.”

One dead cub first appeared in Vicki and Kev’s garden on the morning of Thursday, April 10. The next day three more were found. They are thought to have been about four weeks old and they still had their black new-born fur. One was found stuck in football goal netting which Vicki quickly removed to stop more being caught.

Vicki added: “There used to be about five foxes around here, but recently they have disappeared.

“We have never had a problem with them. They can’t get through our bins as they are plastic.

“A dead fox was found nearby in my mum’s garden last year just before Christmas as well.

She also used to feed one and named it Stuart and it was so tame she would even let it in the house. But then it disappeared and we haven’t seen it since.”

The road regularly sees foxes roam the streets and enter gardens, but the majority of residents had nothing against them.

John Turner, 70, said: “It’s disgraceful if they have been killed.

“We have a big old dog fox that has been coming around here for about five years. They can be a nuisance to some people, but it’s no excuse to kill them.”

Anyone with information can call the RSCPA on 0300 123 8018.

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9:40am Tue 22 Apr 14

LoopyLou88 says...

Okay so if someone is killing the foxes because their apprantly a nusience does that mean we can kill anyone who annoys us ? No of course cant its illegal. Foxes still have rights. And actaully foxes are probably kinder than some of the people in this world!
Okay so if someone is killing the foxes because their apprantly a nusience does that mean we can kill anyone who annoys us ? No of course cant its illegal. Foxes still have rights. And actaully foxes are probably kinder than some of the people in this world! LoopyLou88
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11:13am Tue 22 Apr 14

EcoPatriot says...

So four dead fox cubs were found in their garden and they are not being treated as prime suspects? The fact her mother also found a dead fox in her garden is suspicious too.
So four dead fox cubs were found in their garden and they are not being treated as prime suspects? The fact her mother also found a dead fox in her garden is suspicious too. EcoPatriot
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12:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

I-say-you-say says...

I'm confused...how have this couple come to the conclusion that the food is poisoned when the RSPCA say the fox cubs have been clubbed over the head?!

Also, who would club foxes over the head and then plant them in someone's garden next to a pile of food?

Or, why would someone place poisoned food in someone's garden?!

I agree that it isn't right for whoever is doing this, but things aren't adding up....
I'm confused...how have this couple come to the conclusion that the food is poisoned when the RSPCA say the fox cubs have been clubbed over the head?! Also, who would club foxes over the head and then plant them in someone's garden next to a pile of food? Or, why would someone place poisoned food in someone's garden?! I agree that it isn't right for whoever is doing this, but things aren't adding up.... I-say-you-say
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1:48pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

LoopyLou88 wrote:
Okay so if someone is killing the foxes because their apprantly a nusience does that mean we can kill anyone who annoys us ? No of course cant its illegal. Foxes still have rights. And actaully foxes are probably kinder than some of the people in this world!
I'd say you're about right there, especially the last comment.

There's one around my property but it never bothers me. I usually see it at night and being in a town centre there is plenty to scavenge.

The biggest nuisance they are is rummaging through bin bags in open bins in the town but they're no worse than the sort of morons who chuck their wrappers all over the place.

I saw one in Basildon just after Rodney turned the lights out last week and it came right up to me. Not close enough to touch but they are tame.

The only reason they're around towns nowadays is because of the open farming system in the countryside. There's not much cover for them anymore at least not as much as there used to be.
[quote][p][bold]LoopyLou88[/bold] wrote: Okay so if someone is killing the foxes because their apprantly a nusience does that mean we can kill anyone who annoys us ? No of course cant its illegal. Foxes still have rights. And actaully foxes are probably kinder than some of the people in this world![/p][/quote]I'd say you're about right there, especially the last comment. There's one around my property but it never bothers me. I usually see it at night and being in a town centre there is plenty to scavenge. The biggest nuisance they are is rummaging through bin bags in open bins in the town but they're no worse than the sort of morons who chuck their wrappers all over the place. I saw one in Basildon just after Rodney turned the lights out last week and it came right up to me. Not close enough to touch but they are tame. The only reason they're around towns nowadays is because of the open farming system in the countryside. There's not much cover for them anymore at least not as much as there used to be. Kim Gandy
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6:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

the25man says...

There is no way you would be able to get close enough to an adult fox to club them. As for this family getting on the band wagon well what can you say
There is no way you would be able to get close enough to an adult fox to club them. As for this family getting on the band wagon well what can you say the25man
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7:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

Generations of foxes have lived in that area for centuries. They were always there. It's humanity that has encroached on THEIR territory.
Generations of foxes have lived in that area for centuries. They were always there. It's humanity that has encroached on THEIR territory. Purple Om 89-91
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