Owners' horror over suspected Kidwelly cat killer at large
CAT owners have spoken out in horror at a spate of apparent acts of cruelty to their beloved pets in Kidwelly.
The gruesome acts have left families heartbroken after their feline friends have been left poisoned by anti-freeze, injured or even killed.
Owners, who have come together sharing the stories with the Star and on Facebook, are now calling on anyone who may have information regarding the culprits to contact the police and the RSPCA.
One of those making the call is Christine Thomas, of Gwendraeth Town, who was devastated when her beloved five-year-old cat Ziggy returned home one day with his tail sliced.
"If we had not gone when we had the vet would have had to amputate," Mrs Thomas said.
"We took him in as an emergency and it cost £375, I am a pensioner and that was my Christmas saving scheme money, but it was not about the money, I just don't understand why someone would do that to a cat.
"He is a darling of a cat and loves to go out, but he is too frightened to go out for long now, and even then he is very cautious.
"It's what it does to the families afterwards, we have all been crying a lot, but we feel lucky in a way because I know of one little cat that was found dead.
"They are members of the family and these people have lost their babies and are burying them.
"It is devastating, absolutely devastating.
"I would encourage anyone with information to go to the police, there is nothing they can do at the moment because there is no clues and they cant do anything."
Shelly Black, of Water Street, says her beloved family pet Freya, which lives with her mum at Ger y Castell, has also been injured.
The 25-year-old said after being missing for a period of time, the four-year-old cat came back "stinking of surgical spirit" and had been stitched up.
Ms Black said it was clear she had been cut.
"We did not think much of it at first but there is a lot of stuff on Facebook saying others had similar experiences and that some had been poisoned by anti freeze," she said.
"Freya is always outside and now is quite nervous going in and out of doors.
"A day or two after she returned her collar was found chucked on the door step.
"Whoever is doing these things is very, very disturbed — if there is anyone out there who knows who is doing this they need to alert the police to stop any other animals being hurt."
The RSPCA has warned that causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and carries a maximum sentence of up to six months custody and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "Owners should be vigilant and contact a vet immediately if they suspect that their pet may have been in contact with poison or if they see any warning signs or symptoms.
"The sooner the animal is treated, the better their chances of surviving.
"We would also ask perpetrators to be aware that deliberate poisoning (using antifreeze) could mean a £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison under the Animal Welfare Act."
Anyone who suspects cruelty to an animal is encouraged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls will be treated in confidence.