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Poisoner hunted after six cats killed in Sheffield

Jacqueline Oldfield-Cherry
Jacqueline Oldfield-Cherry has lost three of her cats

Six cats have died after being poisoned by food laced with anti-freeze in Sheffield, the RSPCA has said.

The charity and South Yorkshire Police are investigating the deaths in Walkley after pet owners raised their concerns.

Anne Kelly, who lost her pet Fonzo, said owners had seen brightly-coloured biscuits, which they had not fed to their pets, in their cats' vomit.

South Yorkshire Police said it was investigating and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Ms Kelly said she believed someone was "maliciously and intentionally" poisoning the cats.

'Bit suspicious'

She said: "It's hard to express the anger and grief we feel and the need to find this monster so that we can feel safe about letting our cats out once again."

A Facebook group created by cat owners to warn others of the attacks said up to 11 pets had been killed. However, the RSPCA could only confirm six deaths.

Bereaved pet owners are keeping their remaining cats inside.

Another cat owner, Jacqueline Oldfield-Cherry, said three of her cats had died of poisoning, two of them in the last week.

She said: "We thought one, accident. Two, that's a bit suspicious. A week later we lost another one.

"Tigger came falling down the stairs, we rushed him straight to the vets. We phoned the next morning and they said they would have to put him to sleep."

Insp Darren Starkey, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "This appears to be a targeted campaign against cats in that locality due to the number of concerns raised and police are keen to hear from anyone who has information that may assist the investigation.

"This type of crime is one that we will actively pursue to bring to justice those involved."

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