THE RSPCA is appealing for information and warning pet owners to be cautious after a cat was poisoned in Aberdare.

The eight-year-old male cat, named Binx, from Llewellyn Street, was believed to be poisoned last Thursday [12 February].

Binx was rushed to the vets but was sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice.

BinxRSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “Binx was a very much loved member of the family and our thoughts are with them following this sad incident.

“Last year we had a spate of cat poisonings in and around the cemetery near this location.

“We are not sure at this stage if the poisonings are deliberate or an accident. So we are appealing for information about this incident and also would like to remind pet owners to be vigilant and keep an eye on their cats’ well being.

“If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned you must take it to a vet immediately. If possible, you should take a sample of what the cat has eaten/drunk, or the container.”

Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

If anyone has any information about this incident or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).