SEVERAL cats have died in Mirfield over recent weeks after they somehow ingested anti-freeze.
It is not known how up to eight animals, some from the London Park Estate, came to be poisoned.
One theory is the cold snap caused a rise in the use of antifreeze, with some of it leaking from a car or being left outside.
Some of the cats are believed to be strays, though two belonged to a family in the London Park Estate who are said to be devastated.
Vet Helen Hissett, of Donaldsonâ€™s surgery in Queen Street, said all the animals suffered agonising deaths.
She said: â€œTheyâ€™ve shown symptoms including blindness, ulcers in the mouth, sickness and being wobbly and unsteady. We hope the poisoning isnâ€™t intentional. Itâ€™s possible there could be a tub of anti-freeze left out in someoneâ€™s garden.
â€œAnti-freeze is sweet tasting and therefore cats and dogs will readily drink it. Only a small lethal dose can be lethal.â€
Insp Emma Brook, of the RSPCA, said there is currently no evidence of the cats being deliberately poisoned.
But she added: â€œIf there had been a leak from a car, you could have expected it to be washed away by rain.â€
Anyone with information about it being deliberate should report it to the RSCPA on 0300 123 4999.
Cats can survive anti-freeze poisoning if treated early enough. Pet owners are advised to immediately call a vet if they notice their cat is ill.