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Dogs (and their owners) flock to the NEC in Birmingham

Today is the start of the Ladies Kennel Association Championship. Credit: ITV News Central
More than 158 different breeds will be on show. Credit: ITV News Central
Dog lovers from across the country flocked to the NEC. Credit: ITV News Central
One of those competing is 13-year-old Elise O'Conner from Malvern. Credit: ITV News Central


MP calls for action after pets killed by antifreeze

Mark Spencer, the MP for Sherwood, will use a debate in Parliament today to call for action to prevent animals being killed by consuming antifreeze.

Penny had to be put down after she had consumed a toxic substance Credit: Lee Poole, Owner

It follows the suspected poisoning of more than 20 cats in the village of Calverton in Nottinghamshire.

More: Cat owners fear for pets' safety after suspected poisoning

Symptoms cat owners should look out for

These are the symptoms cat owners should look out for if they suspect their pet has ingested antifreeze:-

  • Usually remain markedly depressed
  • Do not exhibit increased thirst
  • Producing only small amounts of urine
  • May note severely low body temperature
  • Severe sluggishness (lethargy) or coma
  • Seizures
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Oral ulcers/sores on mouth
  • Salivation
  • Kidneys are often swollen and painful

Cat owners fear for pets' safety after suspected poisoning

Penny had to be put down after she had consumed a toxic substance. Credit: Lee Poole, Owner

Cat owners in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, say they fear for their pets' safety after more than 20 animals have died from suspected poisoning.

Lee Poole's cat, Penny, became ill in the summer and had to be put down after a vet discovered she had consumed a toxic substance.

Mr Poole and another owner who also lost his pet, Nick Lawlor, have been running a campaign in the village to find what's behind the spate of deaths.

They believe the cats have been deliberately targeted with antifreeze.

Calverton cat deaths map. Credit: ITV News Central

The RSPCA and police are investigating the incidents and are keeping an open mind on the possible cause.

They say it's extremely difficult to bring a prosecution without good evidence.


Urgent public meeting held over cat deaths

A public meeting has been held in a Nottinghamshire village to discuss a number of recent cat deaths.

Police and members of the RSPCA at emergency meeting in Calverton Credit: ITV News Central

The police and RSPCA met with local residents concerned about 22 cat deaths in Calverton where the animals died of suspected anti-freeze poisoning.

The aim of the meeting was to gather evidence from local people and to offer advice to pet owners in the area about how to keep their animals safe.

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Sheep has ears bitten off during dog attack

One of the sheep had its ears bitten off during the attack.

Two sheep have been seriously injured during a dog attack on a farm in Crick.

The incident, which happened sometime between 6.15pm and 6.45pm on Saturday, October 25, saw one of the animals have its ears bitten off by the dogs.

Another sheep was also seriously injured in the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by two lurcher-type dogs.

It is believed that two men took the dogs into the field and officers investigating the attack are keen to trace them.

It is an offence for a dog to worry livestock and both the owner of a dog and the person in charge of it if they are not the owner, can be prosecuted.

Anyone with any information about this incident, or who has been a victim of livestock worrying, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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