Colne cats mauled to death: clampdown

Smudge, who was killed in Colne (S)
Smudge, who was killed in Colne (S)
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Work is ongoing to clamp down on the problem of dogs attacking cats in Colne.

The RSPCA, dog warden and police have pulled together following a number of distressing incidents in town.

The owners of these cats are distraught and upset having their beloved pet mauled to death

RSPCA Inspector Natalie Taylor

And now they are urging residents with any information to come forward .

RSPCA Inspector Natalie Taylor said: “There have been recent incidents where cats have been killed by dogs in the Colne area. Either the dog(s) have been purposely set onto a cat or the dog has pursued a cat as it has been walked off the lead.

“The owners of these cats are distraught and upset having their beloved pet mauled to death. The cats would have been very distressed and would have suffered.

“It is an offence to set a dog onto a cat and is classed as an animal fight and causes unnecessary suffering and can hold a prison sentence of up to six months. In order for RSPCA to act we need the public to come forward and give information and statements.

“It is also an offence to have a dog out of control in a public area. Also the owners of the cats can seek legal advice and take civil action for compensation for vet bills.”

Four cats have been attacked in Harrison Drive.

And in one instance a cat called Smudge has been killed at the back of Boundary Mill around 7am on Friday, February 6th.

The grey cat’s owner Rebecca Horsfield and her nine-year-old son Ethan were left devastated following the incident. Rebecca (28), of Leach Street, Colne, is now backing the work of the authorities to put a stop to the attacks, and is hoping her story will encourage witnesses to speak out.

She said: “I thought it was strange my cat hadn’t come back and I put a Facebook post out saying ‘missing cat’. My friend, who is a security guard at Boundary Mill saw it and asked me to ring her, and she said ‘I am so sorry but your cat has been killed by a dog’.

“I went running down and spoke to somebody, who told me everything that had happened. The dog was a lurcher, and it didn’t have a muzzle or a lead. My son doesn’t understand how anybody could be so cruel.

“I have started a group on Facebook called ‘Cats in Colne’ and everybody has got their own story.

“If anybody knows anything come forward and give as much evidence as you can - prosecutions can’t be made with a lack of evidence.”

The dog and its owner were caught on CCTV.

If anyone has any information about this incident they can call the RSPCA national helpline on 0300 1234 999 and quote ref 131/09/02/15.