The owner of six cats that are thought to have been deliberately poisoned with anti-freeze in Northampton said she was “horrified and devastated” by her pets deaths.
Tracy Benjamin, who runs Wonky Cat Rescue Centre, in Obelisk Rise, Kingsthorpe, suffered the loss of Poppy, Vicki, Polly, Chad, Satty and Olivia in the past month.
Two cats were found dead on May 10, three between May 17 and 19 and one on June 8.
A post mortem test on one of the cats revealed that it had died of kidney failure due to ingesting anti-freeze. The other five cats all displayed similar symptoms and it is believed that they must have come into contact with anti-freeze as well.
Ms Benjamin, who currently has 14 cats living with at her home, said: “At first I thought maybe the cats had eaten a mouse that had been poisoned, but two weeks after that I lost three more cats.
“It is absolutely horrific and barbaric and there is no need for it. I appreciate that not everyone likes cats, but if they make a mess, I tell people to come and ask me to clear it up. I am devastated.”
Ms Benjamin said she had now been forced to keep all her cats indoors and this was causing them to be “very stressed”.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the organisation was aware of the spate of cat poisonings and was currently working with the police and offering assistance.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “It is not known how the cats came to be poisoned in this way, and police are investigating whether there are any suspicious circumstances.”
Margaret Lewis, who lives in the Obelisk Rise area, said she was “horrified” that anyone would deliberately poison an animal. She said: “A lot of cats do go missing from this area. You often see posters on bus stops appealing for information about missing cats.”
Witnesses or anyone with information about the cat poisonings can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.