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Police in Weymouth are appealing for information from the public after a number of cats were poisoned in the Littlemoor area of the town.
Sometime since Saturday 10 March 2012, poison was administered to at least three cats belonging to a couple along Canberra Road.
Two cats have died and one is seriously ill at a local veterinary surgery.
It is feared that a fourth, missing, cat may also have been poisoned.
Police Constable Rob Hoskins, of Weymouth police, said: “The owners are understandably very upset by this cruel and despicable attack on their pets – they also have to deal with the various veterinary costs for the cats’ treatment.
“It is essential that anyone who has any information about the person, or people, responsible for this heartless crime contacts police as soon as possible.
“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area and anyone with concerns is urged to speak with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 19:354. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.