Exmouth: poison claims pet cats’ lives

15:00 28 February 2012

Jacqueline Nardone with one of her four cats, Badger. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 3977-08-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Jacqueline Nardone with one of her four cats, Badger. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 3977-08-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

A pair of pet cats in Brixington died in the same week, from poison, leaving their owner heartbroken. The police said the incident was isolated.

A Brixington woman has been left heartbroken after two of her beloved cats died from poisoning in the same week.

Jacqueline Nardone, 49, of Langstone Drive, wants answers over her cats’ deaths and is urging anyone with a vendetta against her pets to get in touch.

The care support worker said the death of her cats had left her ‘devastated’ because they were members of her family.

Jacqueline said she is now scared to let her cats outside and has trouble sleeping, worrying her four remaining pets face the same fate.

She said: “I feel like I am being punished because someone thinks I shouldn’t have cats.

“If someone has deliberately poisoned them I would like to say, think about what you are doing think how you would feel if it was one of your family that had been poisoned, watching them suffer like that. I don’t understand the mentality of someone doing that.

“People don’t understand. They are not just cats. They have got their own personality. We come home and they know our car engine. They wait for us to get out of the car. It’s like they say ‘where have you been, we have missed you’.”

“If someone has got a problem with my cats, come and tell me and I will do what I can to fix it - but don’t flipping poison them.”

Brixington police community support officer Chris Ball said the incident was isolated. He said the cats could have eaten something toxic.

PCSO Ball said: “Where that has come from is a mystery. No other cats to my knowledge have had symptoms, or worse.

“The cats could have eaten something toxic that has come into contact with food waste, from a rubbish bag, or been on a garden with chemical fertilizer which they have then preened off themselves.”

Until recently Jacqueline and her fiancé Adrian Down, 49, had six cats – Elliot, Oliver, Samual, Sophie and her two kittens, Jinxy and Badger.

Jacqueline’s world was rocked when she spotted five-year-old black cat Elliot twitching and shaking in her kitchen.

Lifting the unsteady cat onto the sofa and spotting saliva around his mouth, she took her pet to the vet where it was diagnosed he had been poisoned.

Elliot was put to sleep the following day on the vet’s advice after failing to recover.

Days later black-and-white Sophie, owned by Jacqueline since an eight-week-old kitten, bounded into the kitchen through the cat flap, hiding, wide-eyed, under the table.

Fearing she had been hit by a car, the normally ‘dozy and loving’ cat was rushed to the vet where again it was diagnosed she had been poisoned.

Despite attempts to flush the poison from Sophie’s body with a drip, the cat died in her sleep.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 15:53

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out to a kitchen fire in The Strand on Tuesday, March 31.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:53
A party to celebrate the life of Welcome Centre regular Roy McCrohan was held this week. Pictured are his wife Mary, son Andy and daughter Sue with staff and clients at the centre. Roy was a professional footballer, he played number 4 right half and made 462 appearances for Norwich City, he was a player coach for Bristol Rovers as well as coaching at Luton Town and at Ipswich Town with Bobby Robson. Ref exe 0700-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A party has been held to celebrate the life of a former professional footballer, who will be remembered as someone who ‘always had a smile for everybody’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:04
Lympstone Central Stores received their first delivery of bags from Otter Rotters composting collection team. Di Hekt and Sandra Clark with Gillian Freeman, Paul Bastyan and Jay Mallon from the Otter Rotters. Ref exe 1258-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A community composting group is celebrating 15 years of collecting garden waste by bringing its service to Lympstone.

Read more
Mon, 10:44
Katie Burke (front centre) samples her ‘Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake’ flavour gelato with the other four finalists and (back left to right): Owner 	of Antonio’s, Tony Badcott; Emma Chandler and Andy Williams from 		Exmouth RNLI.

A seven-year-old Exmouth schoolgirl has won a competition to create a flavour of ice cream to be sold at Antonio’s in The Strand.

Read more
Mon, 10:22
NHS logo

It is all systems go for the transformation of Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub, after NHS bosses gave the final go-ahead.

Read more
Mon, 10:15
Kevin Tyrrell from Budleigh Salterton had his ambitions of running in the general election quashed as the name of his Ukulele Independence Party was rejected by the Electoral Commision. Ref exb 1583-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A budding politician has seen his bid to bring a four-stringed revolution to British politics thwarted - after election chiefs rejected the proposed name of his party.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
St John's Court team manger Trevor Moir, Senior Mental Health Practicioner Steve Hammond and Dr Teg Freer are pictured seated on the new bench that was presented by the Mens' Shed this week. Ref exe 0590-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A men’s social group has once again come to the rescue by hand-crafting much-needed seating for a vital local service.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hugo Swire stock picture

Hugo Swire’s election rivals have called on him to apologise after he was secretly filmed joking about welfare claimants at a Tory fundraiser.

Read more
Friday, March 27, 2015
Rolle College, Exmouth.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9254-18-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Community volunteers have sealed a deal to reopen part of the mothballed Rolle campus for the Exmouth Festival.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder