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Up to 20 cats possibly poisoned in Cilgerran

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Mr Mistoffelees: Katina Andreou’s cat

AN URGENT appeal for information has been launched by RSPCA Cymru following fears of up to 20 possible cat poisonings in a Pembrokeshire village.

The charity is investigating, after two Cilgerran cats were put to sleep at Priory Vets in Cardigan, having been found to have acute kidney failure – which vets believed to be a consequence of poisoning.

A third cat died at the veterinary practice the previous weekend, exhibiting similar symptoms.

Worryingly the death of the three cats follows reports of a number of local cats going missing in recent months.

The circumstances behind the recent poisonings, and the missing cats, is unclear – and RSPCA Cymru is urging anyone with relevant information to contact the charity’s inspectorate appeal line.

RSPCA Cymru is also urging local cat owners to be vigilant, and understand the symptoms of a poisoning incident, and what to do if this happens to their cat.

Holly Brown, RSPCA inspector, said: “It isn’t clear whether these poisonings were deliberate, or a tragic accident, but we are deeply saddened to learn of the three cats who have recently died in Cilgerran.

“Anyone with any pertinent information is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in confidence.

“We’d also remind local cat owners as to the importance of acting with vigilance at this time.

“If a poisoning is suspected, it’s important the owner remains calm, moves the animal away from any suspected source of poison, and contacts a vet straight away.”

One Cilgerran resident, Katina Andreou, had not seen her black and white cat Mr. Mistoffelees since June 16. He was found dead on the evening of June 29. Her research has uncovered numerous local cats to the Cilgerran area who have gone missing, and not returned.

Ms Andreou said: “I was finding that I seemed to always be sharing missing cat posts from the Cilgerran area. We’re a small village, and it seemed unusual to see so many posts about cats that had gone missing.

“Sadly, one of our cats – Mr. Mistoffelees – went missing on June 16, and was found dead on the evening of June 29. We’re speaking to vets to see if we can find out what happened to him.

“These poisoning incidents, and the missing cats, are all from properties within a 10-minute walking radius.

“There could be an innocent explanation for why the recent poisoning events happened, but I’m really eager to work with RSPCA Cymru and other agencies to raise awareness.

“We’re also asking local people to check their garages or consider ways a poisonous substance could accidentally be consumed by a pet.”

Should you wish to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting LOVE to 87023 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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