Warning after cat is poisoned
Beloved pet died from antifreeze
YOUNG dancers are celebrating after winning a raft of trophies in a national competition.
A team of 30 dancers from Futunity UK, aged between seven and 17, took part in the British Street Dance Championships from March 6 to 8.
The competition was run by the United Dance Organisation (UDO) and held at Pontins’ Brean Sands Holiday Park, in Somerset.
The team brought home a hoard of trophies to their dance club in Harefield Road, Uxbridge.
Futunity UK academy manager Nicole McDonnell said: “We are so proud of every single dancer that performed and are looking forward to our next competition.”
The solo entrants were: Isaiah Ansah (1st place in under 10 beginners); Aliyha Seales (1st in under 10 intermediate); Basit Ayanwusi (1st in under 12 advanced); Chrisphina Wreh (2nd in under 16 beginner/ novice); Elena Gyasi (3rd in under 16 advanced girls); Joe Jarrett (4th in under 16 advanced boys); and Tayla Nevard (6th place).
The duos were: Isaiah Ansah and Mya SimonPeters (1st in under 12 beginners); Joe Jarrett and Katie McKnight (1st in under 16 advanced); and Basit Ayanwusi and Megan Nevard (3rd in under 14 advanced).
The teams were: Push to Start (6th in under 14 advanced); DUY (7th in under 10 beginners); and Krysalis (7th in under 18 intermediate). A PET owner who believes her cat and four belonging to a neighbour died of antifreeze poisoning is warning others to be vigilant.
The 58-year-old woman, who wished to remain unnamed, said vets confirmed her beloved black and white cat Max, a two-year-old Tuxedo, had ingested the toxic substance.
The woman, who lives in Marlborough Road, Uxbridge, said she first noticed Max was behaving strangely – demanding more care and attention than usual – on Monday, March 23.
She took him to a veterinary practice and then to the RSPCA’s Putney Animal Hospital, in Clarendon Drive, where he was put on a drip.
She said: “They told me there was a good chance they could reverse the effects, but unfortunately he took a turn for the worse overnight and all his organs shut down one by one.
“In the end I was told there was nothing that could be done but to put him down.”
A fortnight earlier, a neighbour living in nearby Nelson Road, which joins onto Marlborough Road, had four cats die of suspected antifreeze poisoning within days of one another, according to the woman.
She said: “I honestly don’t think it’s been done deliberately. I think it’s a tragic accident.
“I reckon someone disposed of something that’s used in car maintenance that had antifreeze on it.
“I think it was down to someone being irresponsible.”
She added: “I would like to warn people that this has happened, but also get a warning out to people who aren’t pet owners and aren’t aware of how toxic antifreeze is – even a child or an adult, if they touch it and put it in their mouth, it can cause kidney failure and brain damage if it’s ingested.”
The RSPCA says pets are killed every year by accidental poisonings from spills and water coolant leaking from cars.
The organisation advises motorists to regularly check their cars for leaks, as well as to store antifreeze and water coolant in clearly labelled bottles and clean up any spills immediately.
In January the Gazette reported how David Shelvey and Sarah Welburn’s five-year-old yellow Labrador Ollie had to be put to sleep days after consuming drinking a liquid placed in a dog bowl in the woods at Ruislip, prompting warning posters amid concerns that somebody may have been deliberately poisoning pets.
The symptoms of an animal consuming antifreeze can include vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures and breathing difficulties.
Anyone who suspects their pet has come into contact with antifreeze or water coolant should take them to a vet immediately.