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Warning from cat owner over 'killer' dogs roaming Falmouth estate
1:40pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
The distraught owner of a cat who was attacked and killed by two dogs running loose on the Longfield estate in Falmouth has warned other pet owners to be alert and is even concerned that young children playing could be at risk.
Sophie, a ten-year-old rescue cat, was set upon by the two lurcher-type dogs as she lay in the sun on a path between Church Way and Longfield, waiting for her owner, Cindy Wharton to return home from walking her rescue dog, Dizzy.
It is believed the attack on Sophie, at about 6pm on Friday, October 11, was the latest in a series of cat deaths caused by out of control dogs. There was a similar incident in Hillside Road a few weeks before when a 20-year-old cat was mauled and killed.
The latest attack saw the two dogs run along Church Way before they came across Sophie, but witnesses say there was no sign of the dogs’ owner. A man walking with his two-year-old granddaughter interrupted the attack and Cindy’s neighbours took Sophie to the vets, but she was already dead.
Cindy said: “Sophie was the most sweetest, loving cat, everybody loved her. She didn’t deserve to be attacked and killed. It could have been a sheer accident that the dogs were loose, but owners need to realise what these dogs are capable of.
“When I reported it to the police, she said it’s happening too frequently and too many cats are being attacked and killed by dogs. It is quite frightening that so many cats are being killed. Where it happened is a play area and young children do play there, it doesn’t bear thinking about what could happen.”
Helen Darby, who lives nearby in Longfield and was alerted after the attack, said: “My neighbour’s dad was walking with his granddaughter and heard a commotion and found the dogs with the cat. He had to explain to his granddaughter that they were playing with it, luckily she didn’t realise what was going on.
“It is worrying now that they (the dogs) have tasted blood. This is a relatively quiet cul-de-sac where children play.”
Cindy’s neighbour David Jones said: “I saw the two dogs go past before (the attack) and looked out for the owner because I had never seen them before, but I didn’t see anyone. I then had a knock on the door and was told about Sophie.
“When I saw her I thought she was dead but because I thought she may have a chance of living, I got a washing basket and a decorator’s sheet and picked the little cat up and took her to the vets. The vet confirmed that she was dead.”
David’s wife, Pamela, said: “It was so upsetting, she didn’t deserve to go like that – she was such a lovely little cat.”
The dogs are described as lurcher-types, one black with a limp and the other beige in colour. Cindy is desperate to warn others to avoid more pets being lost. “Some people don’t care because it’s just a cat, but Sophie was loved and is missed by me and Dizzy.”
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