The RSPCA is warning pet owners to be alert after three domestic cats in Bourne have been fatally poisoned with anti-freeze within days of each other.
Three young families, who live in close proximity to each other in the Essex Way and Goggles Causeway area of Bourne, have been left saddened following this criminal act.
The first cat to be taken ill was one-year-old Jess, owned by Amanda Ulyatt who lives in 28 Coggles Causeway. On Wednesday night last week. Jess came back to the family home and displayed signs of a head injury.
The vets monitored Jess for the next two days and after suffering numerous fits and foaming at the mouth, they made the decision to put Jess to sleep.
Following this incident, two more cats had to be put down, after suffering identical symptoms.
Emma Woolard of 22, Essex Way, found her cat, Joey, aged four-years-old, in an un-fit state on the driveway on Sunday night. That same night Joey had to put down after suffering a number of fits.
Emma said: “We are devastated. My nine-year-old son Ethan, who’s autistic, was best friends with Joey. We are all very upset.”
Emma has three other cats and a dog, who are now on ‘house arrest’, through fear of letting them go outside.
Charlotte Kilbon, of 24 Coggles Way, is similarly devastated after their family cat, Itchy, aged two-years-old, had also been poisoned and sadly had to be put down.
Charlotte said: “My 10-year-old daughter found Itchy collapsed on the floor. She was distraught, as are my two other children aged just five and two.
“It’s been horrible to watch them so upset.”
Following these three incidents, both the police and the RSPCA are working together to catch those responsible.
RSPCA officer, Kate Burris said: “From the RSPCA and police point, we will be conducting door-to-door enquiries in the hope of finding out if this was an accidental or deliberate act.”