@ Ruth Weston (Posted September 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm): …

Comment on Four dogs suspected poisoned with 1080 by Alex Nelson.

@ Ruth Weston (Posted September 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm): Sodium fluoroacetate is the commercially produced 1080 poison, and is closely related to potassium fluoroacetate, the poisonous chemical found in a wide variety of plant species.
Both chemicals have the same effect, disrupting the Krebs Cycle (or Citric Acid Cycle) which disrupts the ability of cells to metabolise carbohydrates, fats and proteins for energy production.
It was biochemist Ray Murray, based in Alice Springs with the Animal Industry Branch from 1954 to 1966, who first identified the naturally occurring 1080-based compound that occurs sporadically in poison Gidgee (Acacia georginae) which plagued the beef cattle industry in the east of Central Australia and across the Queensland border.

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Four dogs suspected poisoned with 1080
The Dog Baiter operated in Alice Springs from at least 1947 onwards until petering out in the mid 1980s, according to frequent reports in the Centralian Advocate. The poison used was strychnine, not 1080 (a fluoroacetate compound, quite common in a number of native plant species including Georgina gidgee).
Whoever was responsible for poisoning dozens, if not hundreds, of dogs in Alice Springs during those decades was never identified or caught.


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