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    RSPCA probes 8 cases of poisoning in Birmingham

    NewsThursday 13 June 2013
    The RSPCA are working hard to try and dertimine the full story of 8 cats that have been poisoned. Six of the cats were discovered in Yardley and the other two were found in Kingswinford. Only two of the cats have survived the ordeal. The other cats have passed away.
    The animal charity says that investigations are on going and that they cannot rule out the possibility of foul play.
    He said that “While we do not want to cause undue alarm among people, we are concerned that we have received reports of a large number of cats which appear to have died as a result of suspected poisoning, which could be accidental.”
    He said that tests are on going to try to reveal the type of poison used. At the moment it is unknown. “Many animals find the taste of anti-freeze very attractive. Ingesting even the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure and death, especially in cats,”
    He further went on to comment that: ““Accidental poisonings due to spills and leaks from anti-freeze containers, as well as leaking water coolants from cars happen every year and result in the death of pets.
    “However, the symptoms displayed by the cats are not what would normally be associated with anti-freeze poisoning.
    “We would therefore appeal to people to be extra vigilant – particularly in Yardley – and let us know if they have any suspicions as to what maybe causing these deaths.”
    All the incidents have happened in the past 2 months. If you have any sort of information about this then you can call the RSPCA anonymously on 0300 123 8018.
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