CHILDREN are believed to be behind an attack on a cat
that led to the loss of one of its legs.
Vets had no option but to amputate Tigger’s left hind leg after an elastic band was tied around his foot up to five times, cutting off circulation.
The sickening act was discovered after a neighbour came across the usually friendly tabby hissing in his garden.
He is now recovering at home with owners David and Kirsty Parker, in Belmont, Durham.
The couple are pleased their children Jordan, 17, Ethan, 11 and Megan, seven, were away visiting family when the incident happened.
David, 33, a police constable based in Newcastle, said: “We’ve had him since Megan was a baby, so she’s grown up with him and everyone who lives in our road knows Tigger.
“We had let him out the day before and he had stayed out for the evening, which isn’t unusual when its sunny, and the following day the neighbour found him.
“I was on a nightshift, but Kirsty went round and they saw his foot.
“We thought at first he had been hit by a car because it was all swollen but then we found the elastic band.
“We had to use scissors to get it off and then he was taken to the vet. We just couldn’t believe what had happened.
“His foot was ice cold and they tried to save it, but it had gone right down to the bone.
“He was operated on and obviously in a lot of pain.”
Kirsty, 35, who works at the nearby B&Q store as a sales assistant, added: “We’ve had so many people saying ‘it’s such and such’ and it does seem it was kids.
“If they are doing this at nine or 10, which is how old they could be, what are they going to progress on to?
“This is a defenceless animal and I can understand if some people don’t like cats or dogs, but why do it at all, and they can’t have done it alone.
“They vet has told us he won’t have any trouble jumping up, but it’s when he jumps down which could be a problem, and we don’t know what affect it will have on him mentally.”
Tigger is on painkillers and will be kept in the house for at least another week as his wound heals.
Pc Waheed Mugal, of Durham police, is investigating the incident, which happened on Saturday, August 11.
He said: “It’s very sad, but we think it could be kids because they were in that area at that time and there’s a park nearby.
“We think he must have been pinned down and could have taken two people to wrap it around.
“We want to hear from anybody who knows what happened and knows who is responsible.”
Durham Constabulary can be called on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.