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Antifreeze warning to Derbyshire cat owners

Cat owners in Derbyshire have been told to keep animals indoors after four were poisoned with antifreeze.

Three of the pets died after apparently eating tainted food in the Margaret Avenue area of Long Eaton.

A local vet said cats were vulnerable as they wandered the street and keeping them inside was a sensible short-term precaution.

Local police have appealed for information and asked people to look out for cat food left in the open.

The reported poisonings occurred between the end of December and middle of January.

David Knowles of Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital added: "Also look out for signs of poisoning in your pet.

"This would include a complete loss of appetite, a very lethargic animal and sickness. If your cat is showing these signs, bring it straight into the nearest veterinary surgery."

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