How Sick and Twisted Must You Be To Do THIS to Cats?
Separate recent cases of cats being poisoned in Northamptonshire, Edinburgh and Cumbria have pet owners on high alert. Police are reminding people that those who poison animals on purpose face prosecution.
On the 9th September Janet Brown, from Kettering, had to have her two year old cat Magik put to sleep. Magik had gone missing for a full day before returning to Miss Brown in a terrified state. It soon became obvious the Magik was very ill and her owner took her to the vet, who gave the heartbreaking diagnosis that Magik had been poisoned. The poison had affected the cat’s brain and Miss Brown, who had found Magik under her shed when the feline was just six months old, had no choice but to end Magik’s suffering.
She said, “I want to warn other cat owners living in this area. I told the police and they said other people who think their cat has been poisoned should contact them.”
To make matters worse Miss Brown, now believes her other cat Smudge, who went missing last year may also have been poisoned.
In a separate case in North Cumbria, the heartbroken Fisher family are appealling for information after both of their pet cats were poisoned.
The first incident happened over a month ago when their ginger tomcat Junior came home showing signs of illness.
“Junior was drooling and hardly able to stand,” said Carol Fisher, Junior’s owner, “We took him to the vets and they did blood tests which showed he’d been poisoned. They said it was some kind of antifreeze.”
Despite the grim diagnosis, Junior was put on kidney dialysis and made a full recovery.
Unfortunately just a fortnight ago their other cat Gordon also began to show signs of poisoning as well.
Mrs Fisher said: “We found him lying at the back door. He was very floppy and he started to retch and have seizures. Andrew took him to the vets straight away and they again said they thought that it was poisoning.”
Gordon was not so lucky and, despite the vets’ best efforts, the level of poison was too high and he had to be put down. Carol and Andrew’s son Ryan Ward, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has been left particularly distraught.
“Ryan loves the animals,” said Mrs Fisher, “He isn’t mobile but Ryan knows everything that’s going on and Gordon was such a big part of his life. We’re disgusted by what happened. It was heartless.”
Local police are now appealing for anyone who knows how the cats were poisoned to come forward.
Meanwhile - in Fauldhouse, Edinburgh - an OAP has pleaded guilty to knowingly putting out poison with the intention of poisoning cats. Charles Coulter, who has been racing pigeons for over 30 years, put out tinned fish mixed with anti-freeze (which can be fatal to cats) in order to stop local felines from hunting his pigeons. This resulted in the poisoning of his neighbour’s cat, who spent several days in an emergency pet hospital and now needs medication for the rest of her life.
Coulter had been told by fellow pigeon collectors that the deadly concoction was the perfect deterrent for all sorts of “vermin”. When his neighbour went to check on her moggy, she found the cat smelt very strongly of tuna fish, as which point she asked Mr Coulter if he had put out the poison. Coulter said he had but that her cat had not eaten any of it. Despite this, Coulter’s neighbour took the moggy to the vets the next day, where they found mild damage to the kitten’s kidneys.
Sheriff Martin Edington told Coulter he was deferring sentence for six months for an estimate of how much ongoing vet bills were costing his neighbour.
If you suspect any animal cruelty is happening in your area, call the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
If you are considering bringing home a feline family member, why not adopt a shelter cat in need from your local rescue?