Two guinea pigs and a cat that belonged to the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the UK last month, have died, British authorities said.
The two guinea pigs were found dead in Skripal’s house sometime after the attack, apparently from dehydration, and a cat was put down after being discovered in a “distressed” state. Police sealed the house after Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4.
“When a vet was able to access the property, two guinea pigs had sadly died,” the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement. “A cat was also found in a distressed state and a decision was taken by a veterinary surgeon to euthanize the animal to alleviate its suffering.”
The guinea pigs “most likely… died due to a lack of water,” a spokesperson told CNN.
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