THE devastated owner of a kitten that died of poisoning is calling for water in a stagnant ditch to be tested.
Janet Adams, of Bracken Close, Broughton, is still reeling after the death of her beloved 22-month-old tabby Izzy.
She fears severe flooding in her garden could be responsible and wants the watercourse to be examined in case other animals are in danger.
Engineers from Flintshire Council are due to visit even though the local authority does not own the flooded land.
Mrs Adams said: “Blood tests on our cat suggested the poison is either caused by corroding heavy metal in water which has been diluted or antifreeze.
“We are unsure if this was deliberate as we have had problems with flooding in our gardens that back onto the A55 for the last seven months.”
Mrs Adams contacted Environmental Health at Flintshire Council and offered to take a sample of water from the ditch to be tested.
But she added: “I was told because it’s not a human being they won’t test the water.
But if it’s something that’s corroding in there it might not be a cat next time.
“What’s to say something in the water isn’t going to get into farmers’ fields?”
She added: “We do not know who the land belongs to – I have offered to take a sample of water from the ditch if they could just eliminate that the problem is not caused by this ditch.
“They advised I would be trespassing unless I obtained the permission of the land owner.
“Of course they were sorry to hear of our loss but how many other animals, be it domestic or wild, has to die before something is done?”
Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at Flintshire Council, said: “We are aware of local concerns about flooding in this area and have been making inquiries to determine who owns the land across which the watercourse runs.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish ownership but arrangements have been made for council engineers and streetscene staff to meet on-site today with a view to identifying the scale of the problem and what the council may be able to do, if anything, to assist in alleviating the current situation.
“I apologise to local residents for the time taken to resolve this matter, however, there was a need to undertake specific enquiries as the council does not own the land and nor does it have any responsibility for the watercourse.”