RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information following the suspected poisoning of two cats – which belong to the same family – in Connah’s Quay.
Stuart and Donna Jones contacted the RSPCA after their cats Milly and Bumble were taken ill and sadly were put to sleep by a vet after their health took a turn for the worst. They tragically lost their cats within six weeks of each other.
Milly became ill during the first week of October and unfortunately following visits to the vets, her condition deteriorated and her owners had to make the sad decision to put her to sleep to prevent her from suffering further. Bumble was also sadly put to sleep last Wednesday (28 November) after becoming ill a few days previously. The vets confirmed that the cats were likely to have been poisoned due to their kidney issues.
Their owner, Donna Jones said: “This has been a massive shock to the whole family. It is appalling to think that this could have been done deliberately as it is a criminal offence.
“It is just horrible to think what our cats went through, they would have been in so much pain. They can’t tell you what’s wrong with them, you just have to guess. They were the nicest cats you could ever have. They have left a massive hole in our family.”
Along with Milly and Bumble, it is believed that two other cats in the area have also been poisoned. As well as launching an appeal for information, RSPCA Cymru is also urging local pet owners to stay alert and understand what to do if they think their cat has been poisoned, and to know the symptoms.
RSPCA inspector Tim Jones said: “Vomiting, a depressed or sleepy demeanour, appearing drunk or uncoordinated, seizures, and breathing difficulties could all be signs of a potential poisoning. If this is feared, owners should remain calm, move the animal away from any suspected poisonous source, and contact a vet immediately.
“It’s unclear whether these poisoning attacks were tragic accidents, or whether something more malicious occurred. However, we’re appealing for information to try and find out what happened. The inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018.
“Our thoughts are with Milly and Bumble’s owners for this heartbreaking situation.”
The poisoning of a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, for those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering, is six months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
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