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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Horrified children see pet cat mauled to death on Carlisle estate

A pet cat was mauled to death by two “out-of-control” dogs on a residential street in front of horrified onlookers.

Eldon Drive photo
Eldon Drive in Harraby, Carlisle

Children were screaming as the Staffordshire Bull Terriers savagely tore into the black moggie, which died a short time after the attack.

Police and RSPCA officers are now investigating the shocking incident, which happened in Eldon Drive in Harraby, Carlisle, early on Saturday evening.

A neighbour of the family who owned the cat, who lives nearby, described today how several people, including children, saw what happened.

She said: “I looked out of my window and saw that the dogs had hold of the cat – one by its throat, and the other by its back end. The owner hit the dogs and told them to get off but it made no difference.

“It was horrific.

“The dogs eventually let go and ran off but by then the cat was dead. It was really upsetting. That cat has lived on this street for 14 years.”

Another woman who saw the cat being savaged said: “It was out at the front of where it lives when the dogs got it by the neck and killed it in front of everyone.

“It was so frightening because there were children around who could have had hold of the cat at the time.

“The children were screaming, and other neighbours were also screaming, as this went on – it was awful.”

She also told how the owner of the cat and her young daughter have been left heartbroken by the ordeal.

“I’m a parent and grandparent and this is a family estate,” the woman added.

“There are a lot of concerned people that this could have been much more devastating and catastrophic than it was.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said: “A report was received of an allegation that a dog – a Staffordshire bull terrier – had been seen to attack and kill a cat.

“A man, aged 55 from Carlisle, volunteered himself for interview with investigating officers.

“Enquiries are continuing regarding the incident.”

The RSPCA confirmed it was aware of the incident but said police were leading the probe as it was classed as a criminal offence.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said officers would be on hand to assist police with the investigation.

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