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RSPCA warning to pet owners after cats are poisoned.

Byline: Cathy Owen Reporter cathy.owen@walesonline.co.uk

PET owners are being warned to be extra cautious after reports of cats being poisoned.

Residents in Church Village are being urged to be on the look out after several reports of cats having to be put down.

RSPCA Cymru says it was contacted last week after a male tabby cat was put to sleep on veterinary advice after he returned home to Abbey Court in Church Village extremely unwell and showing symptoms of poisoning. A second report of suspected cat poisoning from nearby Abbey Court has also come in.

Inspector Sophie Daniels said: "The callers both took their cats to a vets where it was confirmed they had been poisoned. Sadly, both cats were put to sleep on veterinary advice.

"We have no way of telling whether these were a result of a deliberate act or because of poisonous substances not being safely stowed away, but what is concerning is that this has also happened to a neighbour's cat, so this could happen again.

"We are appealing for information to try and find out how these suspected poisonings could have happened.

"We also would like to warn cat owners in the area to take their cats to a vet immediately if they seem unwell."

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Emma Smith is also investigating suspected cat poisonings at Ty Isaf Park Road in Risca.

"Sadly the caller has lost two cats to suspected poisonings. Both cats - one a five-year-old tabby and the other an eight-year-old ginger cat - were sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice after both returned home on different days with the same symptoms, where they were not able to stand," she said.

"If anyone has any information, please get in touch. We would also like to warn cat owners in the area to be vigilant."

Poisoning a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of this offence is up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to PS20,000.

If anyone has any information about these incidents or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confi-dence.

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