SHOCKED residents claim pets are being poisoned after a spate of cat deaths on their Knottingley street.
Victoria Jenkinson, of North View, was left devastated after her two-year-old cat, Missy, was found dead on her neighbour’s doorstep and claims the incident is the latest in a series of cat deaths in the last six weeks.
Miss Jenkinson, a mum-of-four who also owns another cat, Looby, suspects Missy was poisoned, along with three other unclaimed cats found dead in gardens on North View recently.
She said: “I let her out last Friday and within an hour she was dead. Now I don’t let Looby out.
“I know some people don’t like cats but to do this is wicked. I want whoever is doing it to know that we are on to them.”
Miss Jenkinson, 48, said Missy was found on her neighbour Joanne Hind’s doorstep.
Mrs Hind said: “There have been a few suspicious cat deaths around here. It looked like Victoria’s cat had walked up to the doorstep, collapsed and died.
“It was upsetting. If it’s someone who is putting poison down inapproriately or intentionally, they need to know.”
Cats that have been poisoned display symptoms including vomiting, unconsciousness and loss of appetite.
Sarah Keith, RSPCA inspector, said: “Missy seems to have died in suspicious circumstances and I’m very keen to hear from anyone who saw anything they think might help.
“It is believed the cat may have been poisoned, something which causes a great deal of suffering before death.
“If anyone has any specific information call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”