Issues have been raised over the security of pets following thought poisoning incidents in Co Antrim in current days.It is understood that 3 felines passed away in suspicious situations recently in the Burnside area of Newtownabbey.

Lillie passed away on November 10 following a suspected poisoning incident.

Lillie passed away on November 10 following a

believed poisoning incident.The unexpected deaths were reported to the PSNI and a council-led examination is ongoing.Commenting on November 13, a PSNI spokesperson said: “Police received a report of the death of two felines in

the Ballyclare area recently.”This matter is being analyzed by the council’s Animal Welfare Officer.”

In a declaration to the Newtownabbey Times on November 14, a spokesperson for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council stated: “The council’s Animal Welfare Service can confirm that on Friday, November 10, a member of the general public reported a presumed poisoning of felines in the Ballyclare location.

“The council’s Animal Welfare Officers are still investigating this matter to establish the realities and identify any offences under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, the council is not supplying any further comments at this stage.”

All three felines, Mischa, Lillie and Oscar, came from the exact same family in the Burnside area.Commenting on the

incidents, the household said: “We as a household are broken hearted. We want to deal with anybody who has concerns with the felines to fix any issues. Please think thoroughly before damaging somebody’s pet and providing a slow and painful death.”

A regional animal rights advocate, who wished to stay confidential included: “This development is extremely concerning. As far as I am conscious, no other animals in the location have been poisoned at the minute, but everybody has actually been told and neighbours are keeping cats inside up until more examination.

“I have likewise been informed about other believed feline poisoning events from throughout Co Antrim, including in Crumlin, Parkgate and Ballymena.

“I would advise pet owners to stay alert and to report any occurrences right away to their regional Animal Welfare Officer and the PSNI.”