Padiham ‘cat street’ residents warn of poisonings after deaths

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Vivian Storey believes her cat Diesel has been poisoned Vivian Storey believes her cat Diesel has been poisoned

SIX cats have been killed from suspected anti-freeze poisoning in the same street.

Animal welfare experts are investigating the deaths in Albert Street, Padiham, which have taken place in the past week.

Residents said the street has been dubbed ‘Cat Street’ as the pets are so popular.

One owner, Emma Mayor had to take her pet Gizmo to the vets after he appeared to be ‘drunk’ and was struggling to walk.

Carer Emma said: “Gizmo wasn’t just a cat, he was the love of my life.

“I got him when my mother died and he cheered me up and became part of the family. I’m devastated by what’s happened.”

Emma and her daughter, Cadie, were told that Gizmo had been poisoned and had to be put down.

Cadie said: “We thought he must have just found the anti-freeze somewhere and drank it but my dad found out about two other cats that had died.

“He knocked on everyone’s door to warn them and now we know that six have died altogether so someone must be doing it deliberately.

“Who would be using antifreeze in June?”

Vivien Storey said she saw her 14-year-old cat, Diesel, attempt to jump over the back yard wall.

She said: “She couldn’t manage it even though she’d done it millions of times before.”

Vivien thought Diesel had bumped her head when she fell from the wall but she saw Diesel having a fit.

“She’s never had a fit before and it upset me that much that I went outside into the street to try to find someone to help me.

“I just couldn’t look at her, it was breaking my heart.

“I rang my husband and he came home and wrapped her in a towel and took her to the vets. She said it’s the same symptoms as other cats in the street and we’d have to put her to sleep.

“She was so beautiful and I can’t understand why people would hurt them.”

The RSPCA is looking into the events in Albert Street, as well as cat deaths in Manor Street, Nelson, and Reginald Street, Colne.

Inspector Charlotte Booker said: “This is an extremely serious offence and offenders will face a jail term or a fine of up to £20,000 if and when we catch them.

“We also want to urge all cat owners in these areas to be vigilant and to look out for poisoning symptoms.”

She said this could include the animals appearing to be drunk and struggling with normal movement.

Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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3:22pm Wed 2 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

maybe if cat owners were more responsible and hade their cats doctored so when they did **** or **** they didn't stink so much my garden has been a cat toilet for 5 years now and it stinks,i can just hear the owners crying my can doesn't smell etc etc so I for one have no sympathy whatsoever I have a dod and I had him castrated because I didn't want him fathering litters of pups.let cat owners get the cats done
maybe if cat owners were more responsible and hade their cats doctored so when they did **** or **** they didn't stink so much my garden has been a cat toilet for 5 years now and it stinks,i can just hear the owners crying my can doesn't smell etc etc so I for one have no sympathy whatsoever I have a dod and I had him castrated because I didn't want him fathering litters of pups.let cat owners get the cats done ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 23

4:18pm Wed 2 Jul 14

chammy says...

Only cowards kill animals,I also have a problem with cats using my garden as a toilet,i have found that if you put small sticks in the space inbetween plants the cats havent enough space to do it .
Only cowards kill animals,I also have a problem with cats using my garden as a toilet,i have found that if you put small sticks in the space inbetween plants the cats havent enough space to do it . chammy
  • Score: -21

4:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Casper's mum says...

What a scumbag. I hope when s/he is caught they are made to consume lots of antifreeze too. There are plenty of humane ways to prevent animals entering your garden.
What a scumbag. I hope when s/he is caught they are made to consume lots of antifreeze too. There are plenty of humane ways to prevent animals entering your garden. Casper's mum
  • Score: -9

4:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

What's a dod? Sharp thorny sticks and holly leaves do the trick very nicely at keeping cats off the garden.
What's a dod? Sharp thorny sticks and holly leaves do the trick very nicely at keeping cats off the garden. Owd Akela
  • Score: -28

5:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Why are cats allowed to freely roam wherever they want? Too many times they jumped through the open kitchen window when I was a kid to help themselves to defrosting chickens on the draining board.

I can only imagine living on "Cat St." must be hell for non cat lovers like me. I know I will get lots of thumbs down for this comment but I couldn't care less. STOP LETTING YOUR CATS ROAM THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody would be poisoning them then!!!!!
Why are cats allowed to freely roam wherever they want? Too many times they jumped through the open kitchen window when I was a kid to help themselves to defrosting chickens on the draining board. I can only imagine living on "Cat St." must be hell for non cat lovers like me. I know I will get lots of thumbs down for this comment but I couldn't care less. STOP LETTING YOUR CATS ROAM THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody would be poisoning them then!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 23

5:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

barbour x says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
maybe if cat owners were more responsible and hade their cats doctored so when they did **** or **** they didn't stink so much my garden has been a cat toilet for 5 years now and it stinks,i can just hear the owners crying my can doesn't smell etc etc so I for one have no sympathy whatsoever I have a dod and I had him castrated because I didn't want him fathering litters of pups.let cat owners get the cats done
What is having your cat neutered got to do with it?? are so stupid enough to think that that will stop them going to the toilet on your garden?? go and educate yourself moron ..and learn how to spell dog while your at it haha
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: maybe if cat owners were more responsible and hade their cats doctored so when they did **** or **** they didn't stink so much my garden has been a cat toilet for 5 years now and it stinks,i can just hear the owners crying my can doesn't smell etc etc so I for one have no sympathy whatsoever I have a dod and I had him castrated because I didn't want him fathering litters of pups.let cat owners get the cats done[/p][/quote]What is having your cat neutered got to do with it?? are so stupid enough to think that that will stop them going to the toilet on your garden?? go and educate yourself moron ..and learn how to spell dog while your at it haha barbour x
  • Score: -13

5:57pm Wed 2 Jul 14

zabby says...

Less cats less cat sh t
Less cats less cat sh t zabby
  • Score: 34

2:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

markpab says...

Less cats = more rats.
Less cats = more rats. markpab
  • Score: -15

2:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Doctor44 says...

I grew up having a cat and whoevers responsible for killing these cats, he or she should be made to swallow antifreeze to see how they like it
I grew up having a cat and whoevers responsible for killing these cats, he or she should be made to swallow antifreeze to see how they like it Doctor44
  • Score: -16

10:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

grimreaper28 says...

THIS COWARD HAS NO RIGHT TO KILL SOMEONES PET .IN SUCH A CRUEL AND EVIL MANNER .THEY ARE SICK ,MAY A REMIND PEOPLE THAT THINK IT DOESNT MATTER, THAT MOST SERIAL KILLERS OF HUMANS BEGIN IN THIS WAY !
WHILE I KNOW THAT CAT MESS ISNT PLEASANT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS .I CANT WAIT TILL THIS SCUMBAG IS CAUGHT AND HAVE ALL THE ANIMAL LOVERS IN PADIHAM BEATING A PATH TO THEIR DOOR .WONDER HOW BRAVE THE EVIL COWARD WILL BE THEN ..?
THIS COWARD HAS NO RIGHT TO KILL SOMEONES PET .IN SUCH A CRUEL AND EVIL MANNER .THEY ARE SICK ,MAY A REMIND PEOPLE THAT THINK IT DOESNT MATTER, THAT MOST SERIAL KILLERS OF HUMANS BEGIN IN THIS WAY ! WHILE I KNOW THAT CAT MESS ISNT PLEASANT THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS .I CANT WAIT TILL THIS SCUMBAG IS CAUGHT AND HAVE ALL THE ANIMAL LOVERS IN PADIHAM BEATING A PATH TO THEIR DOOR .WONDER HOW BRAVE THE EVIL COWARD WILL BE THEN ..? grimreaper28
  • Score: -18
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