A game of catch with your pet dog may seem harmless enough, but using the wrong toy could leave you with a missing arm or a dead dog. Playing catch with your dog is a good way for your dog to get exercise, but make sure you’re using your own fetch toys.
In Kent, Washington, police have issued a warning to all dog owners. They are encouraging people not to pick up any tennis balls they find lying around. This can be extremely challenging for a dog owner if they let their animal off the leash.
The next time you go to the park with your furry little friend, equip yourself with your own toys. If you see a random tennis ball in the area then you’re going to want to stay far, far away. People are turning these yellow fuzzy objects into dangerous bombs. Federal agents are saying these tennis ball bombs can be lethal.If You See A Tennis Ball On The Ground, Don’t Touch It.
Many dogs will just pick up balls the second they see them. “Oh Ozzy’s all about them. He loves chasing the ball,” says pet owner Matt Roper. “He’ll just pick ’em up wherever and play with them. [He] always wants to throw and play catch no matter whether it’s an appropriate setting or not.”
However, a dogs natural eagerness could be deadly. The authorities in Washington are warning residents and dog lovers to look out for unaccompanied tennis balls. Fortunately, they are easy to identify. “It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it. The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out,” the police wrote on Facebook.