I’ve lost seven cats in poisoning horror

Heidi Barlow with Lola, one of her healthy cats.

Heidi Barlow with Lola, one of her healthy cats.

First published in News

A CAT lover has lost seven of her pets to suspected antifreeze poisoning.

Heidi Barlow, of Five Oaks Close, Barnards Green, Malvern, says that the loss of her beloved animals has been heartbreaking.

She used to have 19 cats in all, but since the spate of deaths has had eight cats rehomed with the RSPCA and she keeps a close eye on the remaining four.

The nightmare began on Saturday, October 22, when her cat Wio was found ill on the doorstep of her house.

Wio died in the early hours of the next day, and then another cat, Millie, started being sick in the house.

When they went to take Millie to the vets, they found a third cat, Andre, dead outside the house.

A vet from the White House practice diagnosed antifreeze poisoning and Millie had to be put down.

On Monday, Ms Barlow was phoned by a neighbour who had seen another cat, Phoenix, looking ill. When she got there, Phoenix was dead, and when she returned home, yet another cat, Wog, was dead in her kitchen.

Then on Tuesday, a sixth cat, Buster, was found dead in the garden. Following this spate, Ms Barlow contacted the RSPCA to have some of her cats rehomed.

But a seventh cat, Foobar, went missing and on Friday, November 4, she was contacted by police who had found its body. That was when Ms Barlow told them about the other deaths.

“I love all animals but especially cats and it’s just been a real nightmare,” she said.

“I know some people have been saying that my cats have been ripping open binbags, but there’s no need to do this. It’s just heartbreaking.”

Neighbour Malcolm Farnley said: “It’s a bit nasty, this poison business. If you’ve got a problem, talk to the person, don’t take it out on animals. It’s not their fault.”

A police spokesman confirmed they were looking into the incidents.

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9:54pm Sun 20 Nov 11

Biggles says...

I cannot condone anyone poisoning an animal in this way.
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However, if you were to keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam, and it would appear from the story, annoy other people, I doubt you'd have any problems.
I cannot condone anyone poisoning an animal in this way. . However, if you were to keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam, and it would appear from the story, annoy other people, I doubt you'd have any problems. Biggles
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9:31am Mon 21 Nov 11

one94 says...

They're cats. What on earth do you mean by "keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam"?
They're cats. What on earth do you mean by "keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam"? one94
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9:52am Mon 21 Nov 11

bandawe says...

OMG...cats are born to roam, it would be cruel to keep them in but how on earth do you expect someone to "keep their pets (ie cats) under control". Whatever the circumstances it certainly doesnt warrant poisoning them. I hope they find whos responsible Heidi.
OMG...cats are born to roam, it would be cruel to keep them in but how on earth do you expect someone to "keep their pets (ie cats) under control". Whatever the circumstances it certainly doesnt warrant poisoning them. I hope they find whos responsible Heidi. bandawe
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10:46am Mon 21 Nov 11

MJI says...

Cats are a pain our garden is used as a loo by them and they also terrorise some of our pets.
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Mind you one cat got scared when it managed to squeeze into a rabbit hutch with two large rabbits, who do not like cats.
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We let them out now to keep some of the cats away.
Cats are a pain our garden is used as a loo by them and they also terrorise some of our pets. . Mind you one cat got scared when it managed to squeeze into a rabbit hutch with two large rabbits, who do not like cats. . We let them out now to keep some of the cats away. MJI
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12:28pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Up-and-away says...

Biggles wrote:
I cannot condone anyone poisoning an animal in this way. . However, if you were to keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam, and it would appear from the story, annoy other people, I doubt you'd have any problems.
Well said Biggles! I agree with you 100%. There are 10,000's of pedigree cats in this country who you would never see roaming the streets. In Australia there are laws in place to stop cats from leaving their owners property because of the damage they are doing to indigenous wildlife. People see cats as an 'easy' option when it comes to having a pet. NOBODY could look after 19 cats, pay for insurance, food, vets costs, neuturing, cat litter (yes guys, if you have a cat you shouldn't let it use your neighbours garden as a toilet!) unless they were millionaires. If we were all more responsible about feline ownership we wouldn't have these problems
[quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: I cannot condone anyone poisoning an animal in this way. . However, if you were to keep your pets under control, and not allow them to roam, and it would appear from the story, annoy other people, I doubt you'd have any problems.[/p][/quote]Well said Biggles! I agree with you 100%. There are 10,000's of pedigree cats in this country who you would never see roaming the streets. In Australia there are laws in place to stop cats from leaving their owners property because of the damage they are doing to indigenous wildlife. People see cats as an 'easy' option when it comes to having a pet. NOBODY could look after 19 cats, pay for insurance, food, vets costs, neuturing, cat litter (yes guys, if you have a cat you shouldn't let it use your neighbours garden as a toilet!) unless they were millionaires. If we were all more responsible about feline ownership we wouldn't have these problems Up-and-away
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5:02pm Mon 21 Nov 11

Busymum2011 says...

I'm quite amazed at the idea that cats shouldn't roam around. My mate used to have a terrible problem with the neighbours dozens of cats. She put rubber spikes on the fence to try to stop them fouling everywhere (she had two young toddlers at the time) but the neighbours ripped the spikes off the fence shouting that it was 'cruel' to their cats................
..so my mate bought a dog. Problem solved. :D
I'm quite amazed at the idea that cats shouldn't roam around. My mate used to have a terrible problem with the neighbours dozens of cats. She put rubber spikes on the fence to try to stop them fouling everywhere (she had two young toddlers at the time) but the neighbours ripped the spikes off the fence shouting that it was 'cruel' to their cats................ ..so my mate bought a dog. Problem solved. :D Busymum2011
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10:44am Wed 23 Nov 11

orla nutting says...

kidderman wrote:
After reading all these letters i still feel that my way of dealing with cats that continually mess on my garden is the best way.As it is obvious the owners dont care where they go i simply befriend them put them in a nice warm cardboard box with some food and take them a few miles away and let them out , simple as that.
I hope you're not bringing them all to Worcester ;) ...... we've got quite enough of our own fouling gardens and killing small birds!
[quote][p][bold]kidderman[/bold] wrote: After reading all these letters i still feel that my way of dealing with cats that continually mess on my garden is the best way.As it is obvious the owners dont care where they go i simply befriend them put them in a nice warm cardboard box with some food and take them a few miles away and let them out , simple as that.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not bringing them all to Worcester ;) ...... we've got quite enough of our own fouling gardens and killing small birds! orla nutting
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