Man sentenced after admitting poisoning neighbours’ cats, who later died

After admitting to poisoning his neighbors’ cats, a man in Wales received a suspended sentence, according to The Guardian.

Tristian Paul Pearson was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, for luring the family pets Luna and Bailey into consuming the toxic substance ethylene glycol.

Luna and Bailey died shortly after the poisonings in early September 2021, when they returned home looking ill within a week of each other.

Bailey, a male Persian, died before he could be seen by a vet, and both cats appeared weak and wobbly in their legs. Luna, who was later diagnosed with kidney failure, had to be put down by a veterinarian to end her suffering.

The cats’ devastated owners, a father and daughter who lived in two separate houses near Pearson’s home, began searching their neighbors’ gardens after their deaths, Cardiff crown court heard on Friday. When they looked into Pearson’s back garden, they noticed two pots: one with a bright blue liquid and another with what appeared to be tuna in it.

The pots were taken to the RSPCA, where it was discovered that both contained a high concentration of ethylene glycol, a highly toxic substance to cats. According to an expert veterinary witness report, “it is very likely that this [the pots] was the source of ethylene glycol that caused the death of Luna and Bailey.”

A vet statement added that the “effects of ethylene glycol poisoning cause a cat to suffer via the mechanism of dehydration with subsequent headaches, nausea, disorientation, weakness and collapse”.

Pearson, 44, of South Wales’ Bargoed, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals. He was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid labor and barred from owning any animals for five years, a ban he cannot appeal for at least four years. In addition, he was ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.