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Warning after another suspected poisoning claims life of Burntwood couple’s sixth cat in five years

A Burntwood couple have lost their sixth cat in five years through suspected poisoning.

Button the cat
Button the cat

Peter Jenkins and his wife Tami, who live on North Street, began to become concerned when their black cat Button came home lethargic after venturing out in November.

The year-old animal then began to struggle to walk so was rushed to the vets – but it was too late to save him.

The couple are now urging other animal owners living nearby to be on the guard after seeing five previous cats killed through the suspected use of anti-freeze to poison them:

  • Tommy – died in 2014
  • Fudge – died in 2014
  • Alfie – died in 2015
  • Ava – died in 2016
  • Maxi – died in 2016

Mr Jenkins, who still has other cats as pets, said: “We are just devastated that this keeps happening.

Peter and Tami Jenkins
Peter and Tami Jenkins

“We love having cats and find it so worrying that this has happened time and time again.

“We have lived here for 15 years – and had no issues until five years ago. Sometimes it makes you wonder if someone in the area has got something against cats in general.

“It is so upsetting when your pet comes to you and in obvious pain but there is nothing that can be done to save them.

“I just want to warn other cat owners in the area to be aware of this and keep an eye on their own pets.

“Also I want people in the area to check that they haven’t left any antifreeze around which cats would be able to get to. We don’t want anyone else going through what we have.”

The deaths have been reported to the RSPCA and inspector Kate Levesley is investigating.

She said: “As there have been suspected antifreeze poisonings in the area we would urge all cat-owners to keep a close eye on their pets and their behaviour and if they suspect they have been poisoned we would advise they seek immediate veterinary attention.

“We would also ask people who are using antifreeze to make sure they are extremely careful in their storage of it and how they dispose of it.

“If anyone has any information which can help us with our investigation they should call 0300 123 8018.”

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