NEWTOWNABBEY police are appealing for information following a spate of suspected cat poisonings in a quiet Mallusk housing development.
Officers have been made aware that at least six cats may have been poisoned in Hydepark Manor in the past few weeks, resulting in the death of three.
During a post mortem examination one of the cats tested positive for anti-freeze.
Two of the pet cats that died belonged to Hydepark Manor resident Julie Blair.
She told the Times that she found one of her much loved cats, two and a half-year-old Panzer, dead in her garage without any outward sign of injury on Friday, March 23.
“I took him to Clare Vets in Ballyclare and was told that he may have eaten slug bait or anti-freeze,” she said.
“The next day, on the Saturday, another of our cats, Puces, seemed ‘off colour’. I thought it was because he was pining for Panzer but later in the day it became apparent that he was ill when he started to walk strangely.
“I took him to the vets but when we got there the pupils of his eyes were constricting and dilating and it was clear he was in a bad way. He had to be put to sleep.
“A biopsy was taken from Puces, who was 10 months old, and when the results came back they showed it was anti-freeze that killed him.”
Julie said that she had been speaking to other cat owners in the area, and they were “devastated and sickened” over the untimely demise of their pets.
“My cats were taken in as rescue kittens and they should have lived out their natural lifespan, not been killed in this horrific way,” she said.
“Residents here are living under a veil of fear now over what might happen to their pets when they are out of the house - the worry is that whoever is doing this will strike again.”
Newtownabbey police officers meanwhile, are keen to establish if the suspected poisonings are deliberate and are appealing for information. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.
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