A mystery serial cat killer is suspected of claiming their 48th victim after another 14 pets died from antifreeze poisoning in the same area.
QUOTE]t is feared that the recent spate of slayings may be the handiwork of the same person thought to be behind 34 other cat deaths in Somerset in the past few years. All the cats are understood to have been killed by eating food laced with antifreeze, which causes the animals to suffer a slow and painful death.
Actual pic of chicken laden with antifreeze that killed tom cat Fudge
Police and animal welfare workers have previously investigated a series of similar cat deaths in Bridgwater and Stogursey, Somerset. But pet owners and police fear the so-called “cold cat killer” is now targeting the feline population in nearby Taunton where the most recent deaths occurred. All 14 cats have been found dead within one mile of each other in Priorswood, Taunton, in the past month and several more have been reported missing.
The RSPCA and Avon and Somerset Police said its inspectors were investigating the latest deaths. Another 34 felines are believed to have died as a result of poisoning in the Bridgwater area over the last four years. In 2008, 18 cats were killed after ingesting antifreeze in Bridgwater, while 16 have been found dead in the last four years a few miles away in Stogursey.
The cats died agonising deaths after ingesting the harmful chemical, which the culprit had soaked into biscuits, cat nibbles or chicken fillets. Cats poisoned with antifreeze suffer a painful death as it crystallises in the kidneys. Just two tea spoons of the liquid, which contains lethal ethylene glycol, is enough to kill a cat unless treatment is sought within an hour.
TIMELINE OF CAT KILLINGS
March 2008 - Four cats die in Beech Road, Bridgwater
April 2008 - Seven cats found dead in the Bower area of Bridgwater
May 2008 - One cat from Coleridge Road, Bridgwater, found dead
August 2008 - Six cats from Bath Road, Bridgwater, die
November 2010 - One cat found dead in Burgage Road, Stogursey. Owner Emma Guy claims she has found evidence of another 15 other recent cat deaths in the village.
April 2012 - Two cats found dead in Priorswood Road, Taunton
April 2012 - Another 12 cats found dead in Lyngford Place, Lyngford Square and Massingham Park, in Taunton.