Police in Brechin have received reports in the past week of domestic cats being poisoned and subsequently dying in the Drumachlie Loan area.
Enquiry with the local vet has established that the likely cause is consumption of antifreeze which causes organ damage, renal failure, and ultimately a slow and painful death.
It is currently unknown if these deaths have been as a result of a deliberate and malicious act or if there has been a spillage of antifreeze in the area.
Police are appealing for residents in Drumachlie Loan to carry out a check of their gardens for any potential source of the poisoning and if found, take appropriate action to remove it.
Should these deaths be found to be deliberate the crime will be dealt with under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act with any conviction being punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment and/or up to a £20,000 fine.
Should any person have any information in respect of these incidents, please contact Police Scotland on 101.