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Two cats die in more suspected antifreeze poisonings in Priorswood
A DEVASTATED animal lover who has lost two cats to suspected antifreeze poisoning is urging others to take caution.
Maxine Butler thinks cats in the Priorswood area of Taunton are being intentionally poisoned and wants to warn other pet owners of the issue.
The deaths follow a number of similar incidents in the same part of town last April, in which more than a dozen cats were found dead in suspected attacks.
She said: “I’d like to make people aware that cats are being poisoned in the Bircham Road area.
“I lost two cats within a couple of weeks of each other and a neighbour also lost her cat.”
Maxine, who lives in the street, says 15-month-old Alfie died within 24 hours but Talula, five, had to be taken to the vets after developing severe mouth ulcers, making her unable to eat or drink.
The 54-year-old said: “Talula was put on a drip but had to be put to sleep as the toxins were so high in her blood.
“The most common thing that does this is antifreeze as the cats like the taste because it is sweet.
“Maybe this is being done accidentally and people do not realise this will poison a cat; I would like to think that but somehow I think it is done intentionally.
“These cats are pets, part of our family and they do not deserve to die at such a young age.
“I hope whoever is doing this has a conscience as this must stop.”
There is a nationwide petition to add a bittering agent to antifreeze, supported by the RSPCA.
A spokesman for the charity said: “Most people are unaware of the hidden dangers to pets from antifreeze poisoning.
“Unfortunately, many animals find the taste of antifreeze very attractive, and ingesting even the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure and death, especially in cats.
“The RSPCA and Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) would like to remind people to take care.”
For RSPCA advice on keeping your pets safe, click here.
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