Appeal after Bargoed cat dies of anti-freeze poisoning
4:30pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was fatally poisoned in Bargoed.
The animal was found crying loudly and staggering at an address in Lewis Crescent, Bargoed on Sunday 24 February. The owners took the grey female cat to a veterinary surgery in Newport and they confirmed that she was suffering from antifreeze poisoning. The animal was put to sleep by a vet.
RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “We urgently need more information about this poisoning. There may be an innocent explanation but we are concerned that someone is deliberately causing suffering to cats and other animals in the locality.
"We would also ask perpetrators to be aware that deliberate poisoning using antifreeze could mean a £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison under the Animal Welfare Act.
"Owners should be vigilant and contact a vet immediately if they suspect that their pet may have been in contact with the chemical or if they see any warning signs or symptoms. The sooner the animal is treated, the better their chances of surviving."
If anyone has any information about this incident or any related incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.
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