Honiton woman believes POISON was left on her doorstep to harm her cat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:06 09 February 2018

Splodge the cat. Inset: The white substance discovered in the rolls of ham.

Splodge the cat. Inset: The white substance discovered in the rolls of ham.


The woman said she found a ‘white powdery substance’ wrapped in five rolls of ham in front of her home in St Paul’s Road.

A horrified Honiton pet owner believes someone tried to harm her cat after she found what she suspects was poison left on her doorstep.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she found a ‘white powdery substance’ wrapped in five rolls of ham in front of her home, in St Paul’s Road, on Friday, February 2.

Although no tests have been carried out to confirm the substance’s toxicity, the pet-owner believes it was poison intended for her 11-year-old cat, Splodge, to ingest.

She said: “My cat gets unwanted attention – he has three legs from a previous incident on the estate. I lost my other cat last summer.”

The woman believes the ham was deliberately placed on her doorstep, adding: “To get to my front door, you have to go through a gate and walk ten steps.

“To me, they must have come in and placed it instead of throwing it, because it was all clumped on the doorstep.”

The woman said her initial reaction was confusion, until she picked up the ham and saw the white substance smeared into one of the pieces.

She added: “It looked like a tablet. It had started to dissolve and had become clear and bubbly.

“I think it’s some kind of poison or substance to make Splodge unwell, because he had been getting this unwanted attention.

“I am now keeping my boy indoors.”

The woman told the Herald one of her friends who also lives on the estate had to rush her dog to the vets after it ate something on a walk and became very unwell.

She is now urging residents to remain vigilant to protect their children and pets.

“I am absolutely disgusted by it,” she added. “People need to remain aware and vigilant to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

A spokesman for Honiton’s policing team said: “We are aware that there was a report of a tablet being found in a piece of meat and we have spoken to the reporting person.

“We have had no other reports similar at this time but if any member of the public has knowledge or information we would urge them to make contact with us on 101, quoting log 840 of 02/02/18.”

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