Colne cat attack couple’s court verdict relief

DOG ATTACK: Sue Bryant-Lauder and Tom Sharples who were injured when a dog got in under their garden gate and attacked their cat Tara.'Photo Ben Parsons
DOG ATTACK: Sue Bryant-Lauder and Tom Sharples who were injured when a dog got in under their garden gate and attacked their cat Tara.'Photo Ben Parsons
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A couple who were left devastated after their cat was attacked in Colne have told how a “big weight has been lifted” from their shoulders.

Tom Sharples and his partner Sue Bryant-Lauder have said that despite having to “relive the trauma” of the incident, they are pleased that the case has finally been resolved at Pennine Magistrates’ Court.

Their pet Tara (6) suffered a complete tarsometatarsal luxation after she was attacked by a dog in their garden in May.

On Monday, a 22-year-old man was given a conditional discharge of 12 months, was issued with a contingent destruction order, and was ordered to pay £300 in compensation in connection with the offence. The charge was “dog causing injury in a private place”.

Now Tom and Sue have said that they hope that their experiences will highlight the need for tougher laws on dog attacks on cats, and believe that owners should be made to keep their pet on a lead in a public place.

They named a “problem spot” as being the river footpath at the bottom of Wood Street, where they live.

Tom said: “Under the current legislation it is quite a result really. We are just waiting for stronger laws to be brought in and local byelaws as well. “We are hoping to bring awareness to the situation at present.”

Tom added how Tara has now fully recovered from the attack, stating: “The vet said he didn’t know if she would heal, but with it being a cat it would be easier than if it was a dog. It’s been quite surprising how she has recovered.

“Having her all bandaged up and not being able to let her out caused quite a bit of disruption.”