Sergei Skripal’s cat and guinea pigs are dead, UK says

( CNN) Two guinea pigs and a cat belonging to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the UK last month, have died, British authorities have said.

“When a veterinarian was able to access the property, two guinea pig had sadly died, ” the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs( DEFRA) said in a statement. “A cat was also found in a distressed state and a decision was taken by a veterinary surgeon to euthanise the animal to alleviate its suffering.”

The guinea pigs “most likely … died due to a lack of water, ” a DEFRA spokesperosn told CNN later.

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