Cats die after suspected poisoning in Fair Oak

Cats are dying of suspected poisoning

Cats are dying of suspected poisoning

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AN animal welfare charity is appealing for information after three cats from the same home died in a matter of weeks from suspected poisoning.

The three dead cats all belonged to the same owner, who has been left very distressed by what has happened and is worried about letting their remaining cats go outdoors.

Now the RSPCA wants to hear from people following the deaths, which all happened in a matter of weeks in the Dean Road area of Fair Oak.

A fourth cat became very ill but managed to survive after being rushed to the vets.

The first cat, tabby Poppy, was found on June 7 lying dead in the road.

She had no injuries and was just lying as if asleep.

Her owner thinks she may have been sheltering beneath a car which then drove away.

On the same weekend, another of the owner's cats, a tabby grey named Smoky, also went missing.

He was found days later under a hedge in his owner's front garden and also looked as if he had fallen asleep.

On that same weekend, a neighbour's tabby cat was also found lying dead in their garden.

Just two weeks later, in mid-June, black cat Billy came home and was frothing at the mouth.

His owner rushed him to a vet who suspected poisoning.

The National Poisons Information Service was contacted and believed the symptoms to be consistent with poisoning caused by a chemical found in patio cleaner and weed killer.

Luckily Billy responded to treatment and has now recovered.

But then on July 5 the owner found their oldest cat named Pumpkin dead in their garage.

He was hunched over in the same way that Billy was.

The owner, who did not want to be named, said: “You expect accidents to happen to cats, such as on the road, but never anything like this.

“Billy is now staying inside most of the time and I panic every time any of my other cats go outside, although they rarely stray from my garden.

“I just hope that no one is doing this deliberately and that it's just accidental - maybe it will make people think about the chemicals they are using in their gardens.”

RSPCA animal welfare officer Sue Brooks said: “This has been so distressing for the cats' owner as they were all well-loved family pets.

“We'd ask people to be very careful when using poisonous substances in their gardens or nearby as animals may be able to access them.

“Even if you don't have pets yourself please remember that others do and those animals are part of their families.

“If of course this turns out to be deliberate poisoning then we need to stress that it is illegal to cause an animal to suffer in this way and anyone found guilty could face a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison.”

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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4:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

targeted attack it looks like by someone who has a grudge, pretty horrible
targeted attack it looks like by someone who has a grudge, pretty horrible sarfhamton
  • Score: 12

4:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

The National Poisons Information Service was contacted and believed the symptoms to be consistent with poisoning caused by a chemical found in patio cleaner and weed killer.

Now if it said Anti-Freeze then I could understand some intent to harm, but these are commonly used items in ones garden, if a cat chooses to eat a weed that's been treated, I don't think any blame can be made.
The National Poisons Information Service was contacted and believed the symptoms to be consistent with poisoning caused by a chemical found in patio cleaner and weed killer. Now if it said Anti-Freeze then I could understand some intent to harm, but these are commonly used items in ones garden, if a cat chooses to eat a weed that's been treated, I don't think any blame can be made. IronLady2010
  • Score: 5

4:13pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sarfhamton says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The National Poisons Information Service was contacted and believed the symptoms to be consistent with poisoning caused by a chemical found in patio cleaner and weed killer.

Now if it said Anti-Freeze then I could understand some intent to harm, but these are commonly used items in ones garden, if a cat chooses to eat a weed that's been treated, I don't think any blame can be made.
Suicide?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The National Poisons Information Service was contacted and believed the symptoms to be consistent with poisoning caused by a chemical found in patio cleaner and weed killer. Now if it said Anti-Freeze then I could understand some intent to harm, but these are commonly used items in ones garden, if a cat chooses to eat a weed that's been treated, I don't think any blame can be made.[/p][/quote]Suicide? sarfhamton
  • Score: -1

4:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

“Billy is now staying inside most of the time and I panic every time any of my other cats go outside, although they rarely stray from my garden.

How many cats does this person have?
“Billy is now staying inside most of the time and I panic every time any of my other cats go outside, although they rarely stray from my garden. How many cats does this person have? IronLady2010
  • Score: 5

4:43pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Dasal says...

massimoosti wrote:
Perhaps someones p I ssed off with cats sh it ing in their garden and acted.

or less sinister the cats went to s hi t in someone elses garden and accidently got poisoned.

Why should people think about chemicals in THEIR gardens ..... animal goes where it doesn't belong you cant complain.

star fish is a more eco friendly way to deter cats returning.
Yeah, cats LOVE Starfish............
......
Then they die - "The condemned ate a hearty meal"
RIP Pussycat............
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[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someones p I ssed off with cats sh it ing in their garden and acted. or less sinister the cats went to s hi t in someone elses garden and accidently got poisoned. Why should people think about chemicals in THEIR gardens ..... animal goes where it doesn't belong you cant complain. star fish is a more eco friendly way to deter cats returning.[/p][/quote]Yeah, cats LOVE Starfish............ ...... Then they die - "The condemned ate a hearty meal" RIP Pussycat............ .................... ........ Dasal
  • Score: -14

4:57pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sparkster says...

whether people like cats or not there is no reason to poison them, yes I know they use other people's gardens as a toilet, it happens to us and it can be annoying but we get over it, there is no need to cause suffering, how do we know the poor souls didnt die in agony, it's always small children and animals that seem to suffer because they cant fight back. I hope they catch the barsteward and give him/her a dose of poison
whether people like cats or not there is no reason to poison them, yes I know they use other people's gardens as a toilet, it happens to us and it can be annoying but we get over it, there is no need to cause suffering, how do we know the poor souls didnt die in agony, it's always small children and animals that seem to suffer because they cant fight back. I hope they catch the barsteward and give him/her a dose of poison sparkster
  • Score: 19

6:06pm Thu 17 Jul 14

jancassar says...

We had one of our cats go missing never to be seen again when we lived in the same rd a number of yr ago. We then thought someone may be poisoning the cats round there. So sad poor kitties.
We had one of our cats go missing never to be seen again when we lived in the same rd a number of yr ago. We then thought someone may be poisoning the cats round there. So sad poor kitties. jancassar
  • Score: 8

6:58pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

Have the police contacted Woolstonollie? He could be a suspect
Have the police contacted Woolstonollie? He could be a suspect Zexagon
  • Score: 7

10:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

lilly 5 says...

It takes some low life scum to hurt or kill an animal
It takes some low life scum to hurt or kill an animal lilly 5
  • Score: 15

9:46am Fri 18 Jul 14

For pity sake says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
“Billy is now staying inside most of the time and I panic every time any of my other cats go outside, although they rarely stray from my garden.

How many cats does this person have?
Not as many as previously...
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: “Billy is now staying inside most of the time and I panic every time any of my other cats go outside, although they rarely stray from my garden. How many cats does this person have?[/p][/quote]Not as many as previously... For pity sake
  • Score: -1

7:07pm Fri 18 Jul 14

heathertimps says...

This is really eerie. Two of my cats have died within the space of five weeks and I'm beginning to wonder whether my neighbour had something to do with it as he has a pathological hatred of cats. There are some crazy people out there. Small wonder some of us prefer our furry friends to people. As to the person who questioned how many cats the lady has - what business is it of anyone else. People who have cats rather than kids don't expect or get allowances for everything under the sun or get extra paid leave (maternity or paternity) while other suckers do their work for them.
This is really eerie. Two of my cats have died within the space of five weeks and I'm beginning to wonder whether my neighbour had something to do with it as he has a pathological hatred of cats. There are some crazy people out there. Small wonder some of us prefer our furry friends to people. As to the person who questioned how many cats the lady has - what business is it of anyone else. People who have cats rather than kids don't expect or get allowances for everything under the sun or get extra paid leave (maternity or paternity) while other suckers do their work for them. heathertimps
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hellohello2 says...

Perhaps the flea spot on? My cat ended up very sick from hers.
Perhaps the flea spot on? My cat ended up very sick from hers. hellohello2
  • Score: 0

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