RSPCA issues warning over poisoning spree

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AN RSPCA chief today issued a warning to pet owners over a new animal cruelty craze sweeping the town.

The charity’s Wigan branch manager Bill Stubbs says he has been appalled by the frequency and malice of attacks, many of them fatal, in the borough this year.

He was speaking after the Wigan Evening Post featured the latest in a catalogue of horrific attacks on domestic animals, including poisoning, air rifle shootings, stamping to death and drivers deliberately swerving their cars to run over animals in the street.

Maisie, a St Bernard dog, died earlier this month in a suspected rat poisoning attack, and today we reveal another case – nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Jojo.

Mr Stubbs said: “We have had reports of so many poisonings that it is very worrying, and anti-freeze seems to be the preferred weapon.

“We have also had several cases already publicised of drivers deliberately trying to run over cats and sometimes succeeding.

“I think some people think they are exempt from prosecution because animals are the victim, but that is not the case.

“Whatever the means to inflict these needless and often agonising deaths, this behaviour is both tragic and unforgivable. But sadly we have to urge pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals.”