Cat owners in Lincoln are being warned by police after a number of suspected poisonings in the city in recent months.
One owner in the Poplar Street area has had four cats poisoned in the last year.
All had to be put down to prevent further suffering. Vets have examined the animals and say the symptoms are consistent with antifreeze poisoning.
The Poplar Street area cat owner, who does not want to be identified, said he had been deeply affected by the crimes.
“The latest cat was called Thomas. It is upsetting, especially when it keeps happening. It’s hard to understand the mentality of the person who’s doing this,” he said.
“There is also the financial issue. I’ve had to have all of these cats put down to prevent them dying slowly in pain.
“That’s cost between £300 and £500 each time. I think it’s important that cat owners across the city are aware of this issue.”
A number of other residents in the area have also reported their cats being taken ill and in some cases dying.
Police officers believe someone is leaving out containers of antifreeze for cats to drink and they are appealing for anyone with any information on who may be doing this to get in touch with them as soon as possible.
Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.