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Dog attack led to Millom cat’s death

A CAT owner has spoken out after a dog attack led to her pet’s death.

Mum-of-two Sharon Steele contacted the Evening Mail after she saw the report about the death of Denise Lipp’s cat, Simba, also attacked by a dog.

Mrs Lipp’s pet was killed by a stray terrier in Oxford Street, Millom, at the beginning of this month.

Now Mrs Steele has spoken out about an incident on April 27, the day before her daughter Isabelle’s sixth birthday, that left her cat Holly dead.

The cat was attacked by a dog which Mrs Steele said had been allowed to run free by its owners.

Mrs Steele said she found the cat with horrific injuries, and it had to be put down by a vet.

The pet owner has raised concerns about what the dogs responsible for the attacks might be capable of.

She said: “A lot of cats have been going missing in this end of town.

“I have some friends who have lost three or four cats.

“A few weeks ago my children found a cat that had been killed, it had been torn apart.

“The day before my daughter’s birthday a dog attacked our cat. “Luckily my daughter didn’t see it but my nine-year-old son, Matthew, did and it’s left him shaken.

“It’s always at the back of my mind that if they can do this to a dog, what about the children?

“I know exactly what Mrs Lipp is going through, I love my kids and I love my cats.”

Pat Graham, Copeland Borough Council’s director of People and Places, said “We do not have a formal record of this incident.

“People can report stray dogs to us on 0845 054 9600 during office hours and out of office hours they should notify Fair View Kennels on 01946 591064.”

Have your say

This is awful, however, the owner of the dog will never take responsibility and if anyone knows them, they will be too afraid to report them. The owner ought to be named and shamed, l would if l knew who it was!

Posted by Lucy on 16 May 2012 at 15:04

Cats are by nature very independent, friendly and non aggressive towards humans and indeed towards dogs, so are entitled to roam free. Dogs due to their unpredictable nature towards humans and other animals particularly cats, must by law be kept on a lead when in a public place, this dog was clearly not. This helpless creature suffered a cruel and painful death due to the aggressiveness of the dog and the disregard of it’s owners. I believe the dog should be destroyed and the irresponsible owners given a hefty fine.

Posted by Steve on 16 May 2012 at 12:38

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