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Cat killer on the loose after four pets poisoned in same street


The RSPCA are appealing to anyone with information to help (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

An investigation is underway after four cats were poisoned to death with antifreeze on the same street.

Benji, two, Pixie, seven, Rupert, eight, and 12-year-old Syclla all died between Thursday and Sunday last week in the Derbyshire town of Swadlincote.

Their killer is still thought to be on the loose and the RSPCA has launched a probe to bring justice to the three families on Patina Way to whom the cats belonged.

Vets have carried out tests on the cats and are confident they were poisoned to death with antifreeze.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Beth Boyd said the cats were rushed to the vets after suddenly falling ill but they all died or had to be put to sleep.

Syclla, aged 12, was among the victims (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)
Two-year-old Benji fell suddenly ill after being poisoned with what vets suspect was antifreeze (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)
Rupert, eight, was another victim of the Patina Way cat killer (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)
Investigators are trying to bring justice to the family of Pixie, seven (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

She said: ‘At this time of year we wouldn’t expect anyone to be using antifreeze in their cars so we are concerned that someone is deliberately putting this poisonous substance down to intentionally harm cats.

‘Cats are attracted to the smell and taste of antifreeze but ingesting the additive – used to stop liquids used in car engines from freezing – can be fatal, even if it’s only a very small amount.

‘It is an offence to intentionally poison or cause harm to an animal in this way and we are taking this matter very seriously.

‘I’ve now launched an investigation and would ask anyone with any information to come forward and contact us in confidence by calling 0300 123 8018.

‘Anyone who is prosecuted of animal welfare offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 faces a maximum punishment of up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.’

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