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Plea after two more cats are poisoned in Plymouth, bringing total to nine

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Plea after two more cats are poisoned in Plymouth, bringing total to nine

Two more cats have been poisoned in the latest in a string of cruel attacks in Plymouth.

Kate Walker, aged 71, from Plympton, has two Siamese cats and is appealing to cat owners in the area to take recent incidents seriously, as the total reaches nine cat poisonings in the last six weeks.

She said: "Both cats had blood coming out of them. They only just survived.

"They're so defenceless, why would anyone want to hurt them?"

It is believed the latest two cats, a male and female, were poisoned with warfarin pesticide.

The two-year-old cats, called Khan and Lily, were rushed to The Veterinary Hospital Group in Estover and put on drips and a heart monitor to try and save them.

Kate said: "I was going up to the vets in a taxi every night because they were so unwell and scared. I never thought I'd see them again."

After 10 days in the vets, the pair survived. The overall bill for their treatment amounted to £2,600.

Kate said: "I can't believe how much it cost, thank goodness for insurance. I paid £600 and then the insurance company covered the rest. It is an unbelievable amount of money, especially for something that could have been avoided."

Now Kate is hoping cat-owners will be cautious with their pets, and keep a close eye on them after the spate of attacks across the city.

She said: "I knew they weren't right, so I took them to the vets straight away. Then it became clear they'd been poisoned. It's about being vigilant."

Since the incident Kate has put a sign on her gate to inform her neighbours in George Avenue, and passers-by, about the attacks. Kate said: "When it happened I put a sign on my gate saying there is a cat poisoner living in this street and to keep their cats in.

"Children saw it and went down the street shouting because they loved my cats. I also went door-to-door to let all the neighbours know."

The poisonings are the latest in a string of incidents, with seven other cats dying in the last six weeks from antifreeze poisoning. Five cats died in Southway in February. Last Monday, The Herald reported two other cats had died in Plympton from being poisoned by antifreeze.

Kate said: "The police and RSPCA have been involved. When they find who is responsible, they will be prosecuted."

Source: This is Plymouth

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