Fam­i­lies fear of cat killer af­ter SIXTH pet ‘poi­soned’

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL - STU­ART GREER

FAM­I­LIES in a Mac­cles­field street fear a se­rial cat killer is on the loose – claim­ing six pets have been poi­soned with an­tifreeze.

Po­lice have launched a probe fol­low­ing the most re­cent death on Peel Street but are un­able to con­clude the deaths have been caused by a de­lib­er­ate act.

How­ever, res­i­dents are con­vinced a pet poi­soner has struck re­peat­edly over the last two years, killing their beloved pets.

In Septem­ber 2014 the Ex­press re­ported three cats died af­ter de­vel­op­ing symp­toms con­sis­tent with those caused by in­gest­ing an­tifreeze.

Since then three oth­ers have died, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents.

The lat­est fa­tal­ity was Ted, be­long­ing to Jill Hayes, which had to be put down on Thurs­day and re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice and RSPCA.

Blood tests showed he had died of anti-freeze poi­son­ing.

Jill, 48, said: “It’s very up­set­ting to see your an­i­mal in agony. It’s very un­pleas­ant way for them to go.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to my neigh­bours we count that six cats in total have died in the last two years.

“I find it alarm­ing that some­one can do that to an­i­mals. It’s sick­en­ing.

“I am wor­ried ev­ery time my other cat goes out that some­thing else is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Sarah and Paul Frod­sham’s cat Hugo died 18 months ago. Sarah said: “This is quite clearly another de­lib­er­ate act. It is very se­ri­ous and very wor­ry­ing.

“There are young chil­dren liv­ing in this road and it is mak­ing many of us very un­easy that some­one liv­ing near us is ca­pable of do­ing some­thing so cruel and go­ing con­tin­u­ally un­pun­ished.

“We shouldn’t have to feel like this in our own homes.”

Po­lice con­ducted doorto-door en­quiries but have found no proof the poi­son­ing is de­lib­er­ate.

PC Caro­line Stevens, from Mac­cles­field Po­lice, said: “We take re­ports like this very se­ri­ously and will thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate any in­ci­dents of an­i­mal cru­elty.

“We would urge all res­i­dents with cats to keep a close eye on them and to con­tact a vet if they notice any sim­i­lar symp­toms with their cat.

“We would also ad­vise peo­ple to make sure that they dis­pose of any an­tifreeze in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner in or­der to pre- vent any an­i­mals from con­sum­ing this by ac­ci­dent.”

Signs of poi­son­ing can in­clude lack of ap­petite, vom­it­ing, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, un­steadi­ness and seizures.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 590 of June 23.

●● Peel Street, Mac­cles­field, where pet cat Ted (in­set) died

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