RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following suspected cat poisonings in Llanidloes, Powys.
Sadly a black and white cat named Patch has died following a suspected poisoning in the Bro Dulas area.
It has also been reported to the RSPCA that another two other cats in the same area may also have been poisoned and sadly were put to sleep by a vet because they were so unwell.
RSPCA chief inspector (CI) Phil Lewis said: “The cat’s owner took her to the vets after she came home clearly unwell and sadly she died of suspected poisoning.
“The cat was only two years-old and didn’t wander far from the Bro Dulas area. Our thoughts are with the owner and others who may have tragically lost their cats to poisoning recently in the area.”
Patch’s owner said: “I am just so angry and devastated. Patch was such a quiet and loving cat.”
The RSPCA is appealing for information and would urge anyone to come forward and contact the RSPCA Inspectorate information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence. Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence.
CI Lewis added: “We’re calling on all cat owners in the Llanidloes area to be vigilant and to take their cat to a vets straight away if they suspect they have been poisoned.
“We don’t know whether these incidents were accidental or deliberate or who may have done it.”
Potential signs of poisoning could include vomiting, seeming depressed/sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, difficulty breathing, increased thirst, 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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