The RSPCA is appealing for information after a spate of cat poisonings in Caerphilly Borough.
RSPCA officers have been told of three separate addresses where at least three cats have died of antifreeze poisoning with another six cats reported to have died of the same cause.
On Saturday 2 March a Trethomas cat was put to sleep after high levels of ethylene glycol were found in her urine. The veterinary surgery reported that three other cats in the area had also been put to sleep as a result of antifreeze poisoning in recent weeks.
On Thursday 28 February, a cat in Blaen Ifor, Caerphilly was taken to the vet who diagnosed kidney failure caused by antifreeze poisoning. She believes that five other cats have also been fatally poisoned in the area during the past six months.
On Monday 4 March, another cat in Blaen Ifor was put to sleep after losing the power to walk. The vet diagnosed antifreeze poisoning. Again a neighbour reported that her cat had also died recently of the same cause and said a number of other cats in the area had also suffered the same fate.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “We urgently need more information about these incidents. There may be an innocent explanation but we are concerned that someone is deliberately causing suffering to cats and other animals in the locality.
“We would also ask perpetrators to be aware that deliberate poisoning using antifreeze could mean a £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison under the Animal Welfare Act.
“Owners should be vigilant and contact a vet immediately if they suspect that their pet may have been in contact with the chemical or if they see any warning signs or symptoms. The sooner the animal is treated, the better their chances of surviving.”
If anyone has any information about this incident or any related incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls will be treated in confidence.