Dog owners were yesterday warned not to take their pets for walks in La Campana after at least five dogs were poisoned on the same day, with one dead.

The news raised fears that the pet poisoner, who killed more than 15 dogs in Nueva Andalucia in 2017, is back.

The alarm was raised by Borja, a vet at the UrVet clinic in Marbella, through the Facebook group “Animals lost and found in Marbella”.

He reported that he had treated five dogs with the same symptoms as the previous time.

He explained that “it is the same as last year”, referring to the cases that occurred in October 2017. “We do not know with certainty what it is, but simply inhaling can cause death,” he added.

On the same group a woman posted that her small dog had died in La Campana, allegedly showing the symptoms of being poisoned.

The vet also advised that dogs and small children would be at risk until it rained, and that he had reported the poisonings to the Policia Local.