AN ANIMAL welfare charity is hunting for a serial cat killer who uses a deadly pesticide.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has had post mortem examinations carried out on three cats found dead in Hurlford last month.
In all these cases, the cats had ingested carbofuran, a pesticide banned since 2001.
In its concentrated form, carbofuran is highly toxic and can pose a risk through swallowing, eye contact and from breathing in the dust.
It is recognisable by its distinct purple granules.
An SSPCA spokesman said: “Due to the type of poison used in these cases, we suspect that this has been a deliberate act.
“We are therefore asking people to contact us with information to help us identify who has caused the death of these much loved pets.
“It is an offence to knowingly poison an animal and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to face up to six months in jail, a £5,000 fine or both.”
The charity is urging pet owners not to approach anyone they suspect of poisoning animals.
Anyone with information should phone the SSPCA’s Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.