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Fears cats and dogs are being deliberately poisoned in Waterford

Waterford ISPCA has sent a warning out on it’s Facebook page about the poisonings.

DOGS AND CATS are being poisoned in the Powerscourt area of Waterford.

Sorcha Sweeney’s cat died after being poisoned by antifreeze on Monday. It comes after both of her dogs were poisoned last October, but they were able to be saved.

20150529_142745-1 (1) Charlie and Chanel Source: Sorcha Sweeney

Sorcha told TheJournal.ie, “Our dogs, Charlie and Chanel, don’t leave the back garden so it must have been thrown over our wall.

Neighbours have also received letters asking that their dogs stop barking, around the same time as all of this.

Blood tests were carried out on her cat, Mr. Tumbles, on Monday morning. He was taken to the vet at 6am after becoming visibly ill. Sorcha said:

20150529_144349-1 (1) Mr. Tumbles Source: Sorcha Sweeney

They came back with high levels of toxins and the vet confirmed it was antifreeze poisoning.

“The vet wanted to give him the night to see if he could pull through, but he died at 11 that night.

“He said another cat had been in from our area with the same symptoms.”

Waterford ISPCA sent a warning out on it’s Facebook page about the poisonings. The post received a lot of attention with one person replying:

I found our beautiful cat dead on our drive two weeks ago…I’m convinced he was poisoned there wasn’t a mark on him, heartbroken.

Sweeney urged pet owners to “keep your pets safe and check for any symptoms like staggering, extreme thirst, disoriented and vomiting, they’re the main signs. Fast acting can save them, but unfortunately not always as it’s deadly”.

Read: Kerry vet warns locals about possible strychnine poisoning of three dogs>

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