Call to stop Normanton cat killings

Story about Gail Collins with flyers and a picture of her cat Tigger who died after being poisoned by anti-freeze.

Story about Gail Collins with flyers and a picture of her cat Tigger who died after being poisoned by anti-freeze.

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CAT owners have launched a campaign to stop anti-freeze poisonings after more pets were killed this week.

In March three moggies belonging to the same family in Addison Avenue, Normanton, suffered painful deaths after drinking the poisonous liquid.

Story about Gail Collins with flyers and a picture of her cat Tigger who died after being poisoned by anti-freeze.

Story about Gail Collins with flyers and a picture of her cat Tigger who died after being poisoned by anti-freeze.

And now another three pets in Normanton have died, resulting in their owners taking to the streets with flyers to stop the cat killings.

Gail Collins of Beckbridge Green said she and her daughter Keri Smith were left distraught when vets had to put their 10-year-old tabby cat Tigger to sleep last Friday.

Miss Collins, 41, said: “Although this can happen accidentally, with this amount of cats presented from the same area it could be intentional.

“Other cat owners in the area might not realise their cats are at risk or the source of the anti-freeze could be someone who doesn’t know it is poisonous to cats.

“ I would really like to raise some awareness on this and if we could save just one cat, although it won’t bring Tigger back, it would comfort us to know we may have saved someone else’s cat.”

Another cat on the same street and one on Oxford Street were also put down last week after suffering renal failure due to drinking anti-freeze.

The chemical has a sweet taste which is attractive to cats, but when consumed it can kill.

Miss Collins is being backed by Normanton neighbourhood police team, which is now working with the RSPCA to spread awareness.

Police community support officer Katie Hester said vets had confirmed the cats had died as a result from poisoning from anti freeze.

She added: “The RSPCA has been made aware and vets in the local community who will update us with any further reports.

“All families are very distressed and are appealing for information and people to check their gardens and garages for accidental spillage.”

In March three cats belonging to mum-of-two Alison Hickling were killed.

She set up online campaign, www.antifreezekills.co.uk, calling for chemicals to be added to anti-freeze to make it repulsive to pets.

She and her two sons were left heartbroken after Gizmo, GreyOne and Jess all suffered painful deaths.