Is vicious cat killer poisoning our pets?
PET owners have expressed alarm after a number of cats were poisoned with antifreeze.
Five pet cats have been killed in just four months in Benedict Road in Hessle – four of them within just one week.
Other cat killings have been reported in Beverley in recent weeks.
Now, police have warned people in the areas affected about the dangers the poison poses to children as well as pets.
This Friday Mexican night at The Black Bull, Burton Pidsea, Two...View details
Indulge with our delicious range of specially selected Mexican dishes available from 5pm to 8:30pm this Friday 21st June. Traditional evening menu also available.
Terms: Terms: Friday the 21st June only, from 5pm to 8:30pm. Offer includes two main Mexican courses. Minimum 2 people dining.
Contact: 01964 770402
Valid until: Saturday, June 22 2013
Becky Cook, who lives with her partner Daniel Cawood and three-year-old son Kian in Benedict Road, has had two of her cats killed.
Her two-year-old pet, Cat Cat, was poisoned at the end of April.
She then got two new kittens, Fred and Perry, at the end of May, but Fred had to be put down a couple of weeks ago after being poisoned.
She said: "It was absolutely devastating.
"I couldn't stop crying and it really upset my son.
"I had to tell him the two cats are sitting on a cloud together."
Ms Cook described the antifreeze poisoning as a slow and tortuous death.
She said: "With Cat Cat, she was wobbling and appeared drunk.
"She got progressively worse to the point where by 6pm, she couldn't move her back legs.
"She was having fits and was screaming.
"So with Fred, I knew straight away."
Two of Becky's neighbours also had their cats poisoned in the same week as Cat Cat.
Sara Lightowler's cat of three-and-a-half years, Sooty, was the first to be killed.
She said: "It is shocking that someone could do this.
"I understand that some people don't like cats or dogs, but to poison them like this is vicious.
"It is a horrible way for them to die."
After the first spate of cat deaths, police sent out a letter to all the homes in Benedict Road.
It said: "We're treating these incidents seriously as they could pose a potential threat to other cats and animals in that area, not to mention any young children who could come across the poisonous substance."
There have also been a number of cat poisonings in Beverley. Jenna Hind, of Morton Lane, whose cat Poppy was killed at the end of September, said: "The vet had told me she had acute kidney failure and this had happened very quickly.
"It causes toxins to get into the blood stream and it can also cause brain damage.
"This was a massive shock for me to take in and the vet told me it would probably be that she has been poisoned or drunk antifreeze.
"Other cat owners need to know this is happening more often and in the Beverley area.
"It needs to stop."
Cats and dogs are attracted to antifreeze by its sweet smell and taste.
Ms Cook said: "We have to keep Perry in the house with the litter tray now.
"He constantly cries by the back door, but what am I supposed to do?"
Police advised people to alert them to any further cases of antifreeze poisoning.
A police spokeswoman said: "We think there have been a number of poisonings that have not been reported to us and would urge anyone who suspects antifreeze poisoning to get in touch."