Warnings over suspected cat poisonings in Darlington

FURRY FRIEND: Cat owners are being urged to be vigilant over suspected poisonings

FURRY FRIEND: Cat owners are being urged to be vigilant over suspected poisonings

First published in News

PET owners are being urged to be vigilant after a spate of suspected cat poisonings in Darlington.

At least four cats have died of suspected poisoning in recent weeks in the Westmoreland Street area of town and residents are concerned that somebody is laying down anti-freeze in a bid to kill stray cats in the neighbourhood.

Lyn Ford has lived in the area for 32-years and is among several residents who put food out for the strays.

She said it was “heartbreaking” to see them die in agony.

“My daughter looked out the living room window and says ‘mum, you shouldn’t look’,” said Mrs Ford.

“This big ginger tom that had been right as rain and perfectly healthy the night before was crawling on its tummy in the back yard with its two back legs straight out behind it.

“By the time I went out it was dead.

“I am not a cat lover to be honest, but you don’t like to see them suffer like that; it was heartbreaking, it was crying in pain.”

Mrs Ford described seeing blackened saliva around the cat’s mouth and she is one of several residents to have noticed an increase in deaths and disappearances in the North Road cat community.

Her neighbour, Linda Hardy, reported the matter to the Darlington and Wear Valley Cats Protection League who have posted online warnings to pet owners.

Mrs Hardy said: “We definitely think people are doing it on purpose, it can’t be any other thing.

“A vet has said they are almost certain it is antifreeze because of the way it shuts their organs down so they can’t move even though they are still alive.

“It is absolutely terrible.

“There are a lot of feral cats around here; we try and help the Cats Protection catch as many as they can so they can be neutered and spayed.

“But you can only do so much and it is such a shame what is happening to them.”

Cats Protection take in and neuters as many strays as it can but at the moment its fostering network for the Darlington and Wear Valley branch is stretched to capacity.

Anybody who can help the charity deal with strays in the Darlington area can contact Cats Protection on 0845-313-4749.

Anyone who knows who is responsible for the suspected poisonings should contact the RSPCA on 07972-368602.

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10:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

calumannabel says...

Don't bother contacting the RSPCA they are useless. We had a cat stuck up a tree for days before they responded. It took over a dozen phone calls to get any action and then the officer came out with a net with holes in it. We now have the cat safe with us despite all efforts to find its owner. RSPCA advice was Let it go - what to go straight back up the tree.
Don't bother contacting the RSPCA they are useless. We had a cat stuck up a tree for days before they responded. It took over a dozen phone calls to get any action and then the officer came out with a net with holes in it. We now have the cat safe with us despite all efforts to find its owner. RSPCA advice was Let it go - what to go straight back up the tree. calumannabel
  • Score: 7

11:05am Fri 27 Jun 14

ToriesRscum says...

There was a lost cat with head injuries coming into our house for our cats food. The RSPCA refused to do anything (I presume because it had no sell on value). The Cats Protection came straight round with a trap, we caught him and took him to their vets. They then re-homed him at no cost to the new owners. The RSPCA are all about money for their overpayed workers and for their "nice" TV adverts. I used to volunteer for the Cats Protection. All volunteers, all caring. Donate to them NOT the RSPCA please
There was a lost cat with head injuries coming into our house for our cats food. The RSPCA refused to do anything (I presume because it had no sell on value). The Cats Protection came straight round with a trap, we caught him and took him to their vets. They then re-homed him at no cost to the new owners. The RSPCA are all about money for their overpayed workers and for their "nice" TV adverts. I used to volunteer for the Cats Protection. All volunteers, all caring. Donate to them NOT the RSPCA please ToriesRscum
  • Score: 6

9:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spottycow says...

DONT TRUST THE R S P C A LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO THAT LADY FARMER NEAR THIRSK
DONT TRUST THE R S P C A LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO THAT LADY FARMER NEAR THIRSK spottycow
  • Score: 4

11:15am Sat 28 Jun 14

Jonn says...

whitbyharbour wrote:
I could never hurt any animal, im not keen on cats, but after witnessing what I have as I opened my curtains this morning, gone right of the sneaky little things, I had birds nest in front garden bush, the cat from up the road has just dragged the chicks out of nest and ragged them and killed them for fun,left the poor chicks in hell of a state, I and another passer by tried to save chicks but was to late, thd mother blackbird is not sat on my wall calling out for chicks.im of cats for life, cat owners need to get the blaming things in, let the things go cr#pping in peoples gardens.im now of in the dislike cat club, but still a step way to far to poison them, cold bucket of water, bet way to keep em out the garden.
Cats kill birds 'for fun'? Are you quite sure about that?
[quote][p][bold]whitbyharbour[/bold] wrote: I could never hurt any animal, im not keen on cats, but after witnessing what I have as I opened my curtains this morning, gone right of the sneaky little things, I had birds nest in front garden bush, the cat from up the road has just dragged the chicks out of nest and ragged them and killed them for fun,left the poor chicks in hell of a state, I and another passer by tried to save chicks but was to late, thd mother blackbird is not sat on my wall calling out for chicks.im of cats for life, cat owners need to get the blaming things in, let the things go cr#pping in peoples gardens.im now of in the dislike cat club, but still a step way to far to poison them, cold bucket of water, bet way to keep em out the garden.[/p][/quote]Cats kill birds 'for fun'? Are you quite sure about that? Jonn
  • Score: -1

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