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Horror attack on Carlisle cat captured on CCTV

A horrified family saw their cat savaged to death on their front lawn in an attack captured on CCTV.

Kittens photo
The orphaned kittens

The disturbing footage shows the owner of the two dogs involved returning to the scene and putting the cat’s body, apparently dead, into a black plastic sack before taking it away

But despite the images of the 14-minute long attack last Friday, Cumbria police have told the family who owned the cat no crime was committed.

Allison Graham, 37, her husband Richard, 35, and their sons James, 10, and Jonathan, 15, were devastated by the incident and the realisation that nobody will be held accountable for what happened.

The family now face the difficult task of hand-rearing five kittens which their cat Mollie gave birth to a week before she was killed.

The dogs attacked just after 9am on Friday, when there was nobody at the family’s home in Grange Road, Harraby.

“Jamie saw the whole thing on the CCTV and he’s devastated by it,” said Allison. “We noticed that Molly was missing and did all the usual things, contacting the Animal Refuge at Wetheral, and the vets to see if she had turned up and we went out to search the whole area.

“Then we checked the CCTV and were appalled by what we saw on the film.”

The film shows Molly sunning herself in the family’s front garden on Friday morning when she suddenly starts running towards her kittens, in a protective cage nearby in the garden.

Turning to defend them, the cat faces the two collie-type dogs as they run at her. The dogs then begin savaging Molly, ripping and biting at her in turn. At one point, the cat tries desperately to clamber over the fence but is too weak to escape. The whole thing went on for 14 minutes,” said Allison. “The CCTV shows how this guy comes and chases his dogs away.

“Then one of the dog comes and he chases it away again, but four minutes later he comes back and he puts our cat into a black sack and takes it away – we assume that it was dead.”

When the family complained to the police, officers traced the dogs’ owner and recovered the cat’s body. But they told the Grahams that there was no evidence of any offence. “I think it’s disgraceful,” said Allison.

“It’s had a bad effect on Jamie. We have another cat, Tiddles, which has three kittens but it can’t look after another five.

“We’re now looking after them, feeding them every three hours, and getting up through the night. I don’t mind doing it but the whole thing is just appalling. They’ve given up Molly back and she’s absolutely full of holes.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria police said that an officer had looked at the CCTV footage of the incident. She added: “It looks as if the dogs have got out accidentally and when the owner has found the cat he has removed the body because he didn’t know who the cat belonged to. No crime has been committed.”

She added that the RSPCA have been informed and would look into it to see if there was any issue to pursue.

Have your say

Its discusting!! my cat was killed the same way, the person that owns them dogs should ovbiously take the blame. i feel sorry for the poor boy that watched it what happend.

Posted by Kirstie on 13 May 2010 at 08:40

I can't help notice plenty of people on this discussion expressing that they would be quite happy to kill a creature for living naturally.

Well I can't stand the vast majority of the human race and their strange notions that whatever they see and feel should always take priority on this shared globe. If I expressed the same pleasure in my desire to rid the world of this idiot race I'd soon be criticised.

Posted by marcus on 10 May 2010 at 17:04

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