A warning has been issued to pet owners after reports of poisonous chicken being scattered around Wimbledon emerged.

In the past couple days numerous reports of pets falling ill, as well as three foxes being found dead in Holland Gardens came to light.

Since then the RSPCA have urged people to be extra careful when with their pets.

“It is is concerning to hear about this and we are looking into reports," a spokeswoman said.

“We would urge pet owners in the area to be vigilant at all times and be on the lookout for anything suspicious. We would urge anyone who has any information to contact us on the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999."

The ranger’s Office on Wimbledon and Putney Commons was also made aware that raw chicken and their carcasses being found in the Wimbledon Village area.

A statement on their Facebook page read: "Our understanding, having spoken to some local vets and to Merton Council’s enforcement department is that chicken has been found in local roads: Southside Common, Grosvenor Hill, Holland Gardens, Cottenham Park Road and Coombe Hill.

"Merton Council are not aware of any testing having been carried out on the chicken to ascertain whether it has been contaminated in any way. As far as we are aware, no chicken has been found on the Common.

"We understand that one dog in the Coombe Hill area has been taken ill and had its stomach pumped but that the cause of the illness is not yet known.

"We recommend, as always, that people keep their dogs in sight and report anything they think may be suspicious."

Additional information provided by the RSPCA is if you suspect your dog has eaten something which may be harmful try and stay calm and contact your vet immediately.

Signs of poisoning can be seen anything from 30 minutes after ingestion to two or three days.

This can include some, or all of the following symptoms: vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk or uncoordinated, seizures and difficulty breathing.