The RSPCA is appealing for information after four cats in the same street died from suspected poisonings.

The cats, who lived in homes in Kirby Drive, Dudley, all died in the last week of September. It is not known for certain what poisoned them.

RSPCA inspector Kelly Lake said: “This is very distressing for the owners of the cats who died. 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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