PET OWNERS are being warned to be vigilant after a dog was baited yesterday at a Brisbane public park.
The RSPCA condemned the random public baiting as "disturbing".
Police said the woman had been walking her dog in Teneriffe Park when she noticed something in its mouth.
The half-eaten object, which she pulled out of the dog's mouth, appeared to be a rat poison tablet smeared in peanut butter.
It is understood the dog received treatment and is recovering.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said this incident of baiting was disturbing and deliberate.
"(Baiting) is certainly not uncommon, but normally if animals are baited it is as a result of a neighbourly dispute or barking dog in the area," he said.
"But this was actually in a public park, so somebody has obviously deliberately set out to harm any animal, which is really disturbing."
Anyone who has seen anything unusual or suspicious in the area is being urged to contact police.
You can also call the RSPCA Cruelty Complaints Hotline on 1300 852 188.