A devastated cat owner has told of her ‘disgust’ after her beloved pets were poisoned.
Ayesha Marston, of Lynwood Way, South Shields, believes someone deliberately poisoned one-year-olds Steve and Holly with antifreeze
The matter was reported to the police after vets were forced to put the two cats to sleep but Miss Marston was shocked to find out that, at this stage, they do not believe a criminal offence was committed.
The death of Steve and Holly came just over a week after she lost her other cat, five-year-old Bruiser.
Miss Marston, 26, is due to get married to Liam Arundel, 27, on October 31, but the vet costs over recent weeks have taken their toll.
The pair have had to fork out almost £1,700 in fees and, although they expect to get much of that back through insurance, they face a wait.
Miss Marston said: “Although we’re insured and will get some of the money back, we’ve had to pay that money out. It can take a long time to come through, and will more than likely arrive after the wedding.
“I’m supposed to be looking forward to the best day of my life, but at the moment, I can’t see how I get past this.
“Financially, the wedding was already a massive struggle. To lose all three of the cats is horrendous.”
Miss Marston noticed a problem with Steve first when he started to drink a lot of water, and he later deteriorated by wobbling and collapsing.
Holly then began to be sick, and after tests, it was revealed that her kidneys had failed after digesting antifreeze.
Anti-freeze was found in both cats’ systems, and Miss Marston believes they were targeted.
She added: “Both of the cats were only babies. I’m disgusted that someone would do this to them.
“We were only just dealing with the loss of Bruiser, and to have both of the others put to sleep within 10 minutes of each other is awful.
“I can’t understand why someone would do it. Some people may not want cats in their garden, but there are things you can get to stop them coming in the garden. You can keep them away without harming them.
“I find it horrible that people can kill defenceless animals like this.
“This isn’t an isolated incident. I’ve had lots of messages on Facebook from other people in the area saying that the exact same thing has happened to them.”
However, at this stage, the police do not believe a criminal offence took place.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Police have carried out enquiries after being informed cats had been poisoned in Lynwood Way.
“Enquiries have established that at this stage it does not appear any criminal offences have been committed.”
A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We are aware of an alleged incident involving two cats and will be assisting the police with their enquiries as necessary.”