Kirklees Council environmental health officers are now investigating after a woman was seen dumping raw chicken on fields used by dog walkers.

There have been several reports of raw meat being left on fields at Dryclough Recreation Ground in Crosland Moor over recent weeks.

In one case school chef Liz O’Neill found slices of chicken with safety pins fastened through them.

And in March 2014 the Examiner reported how dozens of drawing pins were scattered over the same playing fields which are used by a dog club, the Springers Agility and Flyball Club, and local football teams.

People have expressed fears that someone is deliberately out to harm dogs or other animals.

Police had been urged to investigate the most recent dumped meat incident but said it did not fall within their remit as it is not classed as a crime.

Now Kirklees Council has confirmed it will investigate and has asked people to contact them.

A council spokesman said: “Council officers are investigating these allegations and will be working closely with its partners in community safety and the police to minimise harm to animals and the public. If anyone has any evidence of the dumping of waste meat they should contact the Council on 01484 414739.”

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Liz, 34, who regularly walks dog Marley on the fields at Dryclough Recreation Ground, has been on alert and always scans the area for more dumped meat.

Liz O'Neill with her dog Marley at Dryclough Rec where they found a chicken laced with safety pins.

She was left shocked and angry when she saw a woman dumping pieces of chicken in the field last Sunday afternoon

Bizarrely, the woman was throwing the meat over her shoulder and was then seen washing her hands from a bottle of water.

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“I couldn’t believe it,” said Liz. “I saw this woman come in with a couple of bags in her hand and started throwing all this stuff over her shoulder.

“As I ran down towards her she was washing her hands from a big bottle of Buxton water.

“She started rushing out of the fields and I said to her: ‘You can’t do that. Why are you doing that?’ She just kept saying: ‘I am sorry, sorry.’

The woman was photographed from an upstairs window by a neighbour as she hurried off and pictures have appeared on social media.