Malvern police investigate poisoning deaths of 17 pets
The deaths of pets in a Worcestershire town are being investigated over fears they were deliberately poisoned.
Sixteen cats and one dog in Malvern have died from anti-freeze poisoning in the past fortnight, according to Best Friends Veterinary Surgery.
Caroline Trungel, whose cats died, said: "We don't know the source of the anti-freeze, whether it's being done maliciously or not."
West Mercia Police said it was investigating the reports.
Officers are liaising with the Environment Agency, which is carrying out tests in a local stream.
All the deaths have occurred in the same part of the town, around Ramsons Close and Maybank, off Townsend Way.
John Slattery, a local vet, advised pet owners in the area to keep cats indoors and to wash their dog's paws after walks.