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Appeal for information following reports of cat poisonings

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cat-pet-animal-domestic-104827RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information following reports of pet poisonings in the Llandysul area.

The charity is also urging cat owners to be cautious after two cats – named Pearly and Murray – were sadly put to sleep in October, after the owner’s vet confirmed they had been poisoned with ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in anti-freeze.

Following the reports, the RSPCA has been making enquiries locally, and are appealing to the public to come forward with any information which may help uncover the circumstances in which the cats consumed the poison.

It is also claimed that a dog had previously had to be put to sleep in the same area following a suspected poisoning.

RSPCA inspector Holly Brown said: “This must be an incredible distressing time for the owner of the animals involved.

“We don’t know whether these deaths were the result of accidental or deliberate poisoning.

“RSPCA Cymru is calling on anybody who may have information to get in touch to support our enquiries in the Llandysul area. The RSPCA inspectorate information line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and all calls will be treated in confidence.

“We are also urging cat owners in the local area to ensure they are vigilant, and understand what to do if they think their cat has been poisoned, and to know the symptoms.”

If people suspect their cat has been poisoned, it is vital they stay calm, remove their pet from the source of poison, contact their vet immediately, and follow their advice. If appropriate, it can be helpful to take a sample of whatever appears to have poisoned your pet – but people must not expose themselves to any harm.

Potential signs of poisoning could include vomiting, the cat seeming depressed/sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures and difficulty breathing.

The poisoning of a cat deliberately is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, for those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering, is six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

 

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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