The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat in Mansfield died from anti-freeze poisoning.
Bo, a three-year-old female tabby, pictured right, died from kidney failure, which can be associated with ingestion of poisonous substances. A vet examination found that she had ingested anti-freeze.
Her owner, Kevin Willis, of Princess Avenue, in Forest Town, Mansfield, said she seemed lethargic on Friday (September 18). Mr Willis, 60, knew the symptoms of suspected poisonings after losing two cats to it last year and took her straight to the vets.
He said: “Sadly her kidneys had failed – the damage had already been done. She passed away on Monday – just four days later.”
It is the third cat Mr Willis said he has lost to poisoning, after two of his cats died from poisoning in September and October last year. The first – Teddy, a black and white male cat – was aged six. The second was Charlie, also a black a white male, who had been adopted by Mr Willis and his partner Sheila Drury only three weeks earlier. Charlie was aged two.
Mr Willis said: “I am very concerned, especially as I have two other cats and I do not want the same thing to happen to them. I can’t always monitor my cats so I don’t always know where they are going when they are out.
“It is very upsetting for us and I want to get to the bottom of who is doing this.”
RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis said: “This is very distressing for Mr Willis and his partner. The RSPCA is always deeply concerned to hear about suspected poisonings. Animals are often extremely curious and will be drawn to food.
“We would advise cat owners to regularly check their cats and be extra vigilant. If they see any of these signs: sleepiness, vomiting, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, breathing difficulties, dehydration, not eating or seizures then they must seek veterinary help immediately.
“If anyone has any evidence to support allegations that someone is deliberately poisoning animals then I would urge them to contact the RSPCA’s information line on 0300 123 8018.”
Poisoning 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.
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