Owner devastated by attack on cat

The road at the back rear of the house on Harrison Street where a pet cat was savaged by a dog.
The road at the back rear of the house on Harrison Street where a pet cat was savaged by a dog.

A Barnoldswick mum has recounted the trauma of seeing her beloved pet cat savaged by a dog at the back of her property.

Louise Mullarkey, of Harrison Street, saw the dog pounce on her black and white cat Shadow on Wednesday last week.

Shadow had to be put to sleep after a dog attacked her in Harrison Street, Barnoldswick. (S)

Shadow had to be put to sleep after a dog attacked her in Harrison Street, Barnoldswick. (S)

Louise’s cat was on top of the wall at home when the suspected lurcher bull cross leapt up and grabbed the helpless feline from its high-up position.

Louise says that four men and two women could not prize open the dog’s jaw to release Shadow in the backstreet behind the house.

Once freed, the cat had to be put to sleep while in her arms due to the nature of the injuries she sustained.

Louise, mother of Harley (3) and Ellie (4), said: “It was absolutely horrific. I had to cuddle the brave little mite all the way to the vets with such horrible injuries but she had to be put to sleep.

“Shadow was actually a friend’s cat who we’ve been looking after for quite a while. She was lovely and we had become really attached.

“With all the noise the children had woken up and saw it all.

“It was absolutely disgusting. The owner of that dog wants arresting. It was starved to its ribs and he was kicking it.

“It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s been trained to be vicious. I just hope the dog isn’t badly injured.

“This was no accident. That dog has had cats before and the cat was on my wall not out wandering.”

David Alexander, Pendle Council’s Senior Environmental Crime Officer, said: “We’re aware of the incident in which a cat was killed by a neighbour’s dog.

“It was an unfortunate case which has been investigated by the police.

“No further action will be taken by the police because no offence was committed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

“The RSPCA is currently making follow-up enquiries into alleged welfare issues with the dog.”

Insp. Natalie Taylor from the RSPCA said an investigation has been launched into the incident and all evidence will be looked at.