FCR Notices

Product Recall

Ugent product recall (published 15/11/17) alert for Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs and Armitage Flea Drops for Cats & Kittens manufactured by Bio-Tech Solutions Ltd.
We wish to make wholesalers, veterinary surgeons, retailers and pet owners aware that the VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate) has been notified that Bio-Tech Solutions Ltd has issued a recall of:

  • Armitage Pet Care Flea & Tick Drops for Dogs 702mg spot-on solution (Vm 20205/4003)
  • Armitage Flea Drops for Cats and Kittens

An unknown quantity of the Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs containing permethrin has been distributed in packaging labelled Armitage Flea Drops for Cats and Kittens. Exposure to even small quantities of concentrated permethrin can cause severe and fatal poisoning in cats.
If you have one of the products, do not use it on your cat. Return the product to the place of purchase or contact the company:
John Tharratt, Bio-Tech solutions Tel 08704 450154 or email JTharratt@btsl.uk.com.

Pet Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs.

Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist.

Protect Yourself:

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed. Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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The M25 Cat Killer

You may have seen reports of the “M25 Cat Killer” in the news, and at least one of the incidences have been as nearby as St Albans. As of July 2016 there have been 31 cases confirmed by post mortem, with around 90 since Feb 2016 which bear the hallmarks of what is believed (through forensic evidence) to be the same killer. If you live in Greater London you are currently living in a high risk area for these killings.

We are urging all pet owners to be cautious and vigilant. The advice we have received is that anyone living in the Greater London area should keep their cats indoors as much as they can and let them out only during the day when they can be supervised. Please keep your cats in at night. We appreciate this isn't always easy, but you will cut the risk to your cat dramatically if you keep them indoors during the hours of darkness.

South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL) are currently the lead charity working alongside the Police and the RSPCA to find the identity of the M25 Cat Killer. Most of the attacks are occurring across a wide area in greater London, but bodies have been collected from St Albans (confirmed by post mortem), Brackley in Northamptonshire (confirmed by post mortem), Brighton, Maidstone, Manchester (confirmed by post mortem), Birmingham (confirmed by post mortem) and the Isle of Wight with identical wounds and are awaiting post mortem results to either rule these in or out.

SNARL want to know about any cats, foxes or birds found with the following combination of injuries from Manchester down to the South Coast:

  • Decapitations
  • Removal of tail
  • Removal of paws
  • Any combination of these

SNARL note that a high number of birds found decapitated are caused by predation injury, but they have had one case of an owl who was decapitated in East London with a bladed instrument so they would rather know about them all.

If you see anyone behaving oddly around cats, foxes or birds in the area from Manchester down to the South Coast, please call the police on 101 with a full description of the person and what they are doing, and quote Operation Takahe in the call. Where possible get vehicle registration details. Please then send SNARL the police or CAD reference number.

If you see anyone in the act of catching a cat, kidnapping a cat or fox or bird, hurting, kicking, standing on or otherwise causing harm to a cat or fox or bird in the same geographical area, that same advice applies except that's a 999 call.

If you find a body which bear the injuries listed or body parts (heads, legs, paws or tails) above from Manchester down to the South Coast, please call SNARL on 07961 030064 or 07957 830490 immediately. Please stay with the body/parts if you can and prevent any council or waste services from touching or removing it and anyone from photographing it. Their phones are by nature busy so if you can't get through on one number, try the other.

If you have any information about who might be committing these offences, please call the team running Operation Takahe on 0208 6490216. If you feel uneasy speaking to the police, you can contact SNARL instead on the mobile numbers listed above. All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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