RSPCA Cymru is looking for information following the sad, suspected poisoning of a tabby cat in Rhydyfelin.
The cat, named Popcorn, was staggering, not eating its food and appeared very quiet when it returned home to a property on Oak Street on Thursday (25 June).
Popcorn’s owners took the tabby to a veterinary practice in Talbot Green, where it sadly passed away. Blood tests indicated the cause was anti-freeze poisoning.
A number of suspected poisoning incidents have occurred across South Wales recently – and cat owners are being urged to be cautious.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “It is sickening to think someone would deliberately seek to poison a cat, and these reports from Rhydyfelin, as well as others across South Wales, are deeply worrying.
“Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. We’re urging anyone with information to come forward and contact the RSPCA Inspectorate information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.”
Potential signs of poisoning could include vomiting, seeming depressed/sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst and increased urination.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of cat poisoning is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
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