CAT POISONER COULD HAVE KILLED KID

Carol hits out at an­tifreeze thug

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Deb­bie Hall

A dev­as­tated pet owner fears some­one in her street is feed­ing cats an­tifreeze — and says it could eas­ily have been a child that was poi­soned.

Carol Ferns ( left) was heart­bro­ken af­ter be­ing told her beloved cat Pre­cious would have to be put to sleep af­ter in­gest­ing an­tifreeze and is urg­ing peo­ple liv­ing near her in Huron Av­enue, How­den, to keep their pets in­doors un­til the per­son re­spon­si­ble is caught.

Tor­toise­shell cat Pre­cious was put to sleep last Tues­day when she suf­fered or­gan fail­ure. She is the fourth cat to be poi­soned in the small street in the last two years.

An­other neigh­bour’s cat had to be put down just days be­fore and two oth­ers died in

2016, all killed by eat­ing food laced with an­tifreeze.

Carol hit out: “If a dog or a child had so much as touched this poi­son and passed away as a re­sult of this, then a lot more would be be­ing done by au­thor­i­ties and the pub­lic.

“But be­cause it’s a cat, it doesn’t seem to mat­ter as much and it’s time to change this.”

The mother-of-two said she has now con­tacted po­lice and launched a pe­ti­tion to change the in­gre­di­ents of an­tifreeze to make it less at­trac­tive to cats.

She con­tin­ued: “My neigh­bour’s cat Scarf was poi­soned on Satur­day, Septem­ber 29, and was rushed to the pet hos­pi­tal but sadly died in her owner’s arms.

“When we found out, my daugh­ter Re­becca brought all our cats in and we thought they were ok, but dur­ing the night, Pre­cious started to vomit.

“I rushed her to the vets and they im­me­di­ately started her on flu­ids to try to flush the poi­son out her sys­tem.

“On Tues­day morn­ing, we re­ceived a call from the vet telling us her blood re­sults had come back and didn’t look good and could we come to the vets as it would be time to put her to sleep.

“Pre­cious was put to sleep with my daugh­ter hold­ing her cat, com­pletely heart­bro­ken. In to­tal four cats have been poi­soned and one had a brain in­jury and my neigh­bour doesn’t know how it hap­pened.

“The po­lice and SSPCA have been in­formed and there is an in­ves­ti­ga­tion go­ing on.

“My ad­vice to the pub­lic is to watch your neigh­bours, espe­cially if you live around our square and if your cat shows any sign of be­ing un­well at all, like be­ing lethar­gic, vom­it­ing and show­ing loss of bal­ance.

“If you see this then get your cat to a vet im­me­di­ately.

“I have started a cam­paign with an on­line pe­ti­tion on Face­book and change. org which can be found on my per­sonal page and busi­ness page, C-Jayz Events.

“I have also put posters up all around our square and street.

“I am also hav­ing leaflets made to go di­rectly through lo­cal doors to raise aware­ness of this and also the dan­gers of an­tifreeze.”

A po­lice spokesper­son said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two re­ports of cats hav­ing been poi­soned some­time dur­ing the week­end of Septem­ber 29 and 30.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 101.

Missed Carol’s cat Pre­cious

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