Heartbreak as dogs maul cat

A CAT owner whose pet was savagely mauled by two dogs is worried the animals could attack a child, writes Nicki Dixon.

Emily Williams had to make the heartbreaking decision to have one-year-old Dotty put down after she was attacked on Boxing Day by two loose black Staffordshire bull terriers.

“The owner was in a field near our house with his two other dogs which we think were brown labradors,” said Emily, of Park Lane, Glemsford.

According to Emily, the two bull terriers saw Dotty and ran at her, grabbing her at either end. She ended up with puncture marks all over her body.

Emily said: “We are worried that these dogs, when off their leads, could do something like this. Perhaps next time it will be a child.”

The attack left Dotty severely paralysed and, with no definite guarantees from the vet that she would ever fully recover from the attack, Emily had her put to sleep.

“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “She was a lovely little cat and the attack was horrific.”

Emily is now appealing to the owner to come forward.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it is illegal for any breed of dog to be out of control in a public place.

“If the dog in question is acting in such a way that someone thinks that they will be attacked, an offence is being committed.

“The penalties of committing such an offence include the possibility of a court ordering that the dog should be destroyed.”

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.