A woman has told of her devastation after her beloved cat was mauled by a dog.
Nine-year-old cat Lily was savaged outside her home in Fenwick Close, Penshaw, on Sunday, while her owner Val Corkin was out.
Lily is very quiet at the moment and is obviously in pain. I don’t ever want to leave herVal Corkin
When Mrs Corkin, 68, returned to find Lily, the pet was covered in blood, and had suffered a broken leg and fractured jaw, as well as missing teeth.
Mrs Corkin found half of a dog lead on her path, and after taking Lily to the vets, she had to have the cat’s leg amputated.
However, no one has come forward to say they saw or heard anything.
Mrs Corkin, who has had Lily since she was four weeks old and lives with husband David, said: “The noise must have been terrible, because Lily would have been screaming, but nobody has come forward to say they heard anything.
“I’m devastated by what has happened to her, but it’s a child I’m worried about.
“This cat is my baby, but it could easily have happened to somebody’s baby.
“Lily is very quiet at the moment and is obviously in pain. I don’t ever want to leave her.
“She used to go out all the time and everybody around here knows her, so I can’t believe that people haven’t seen or said anything.
“It would be nice if someone came forward and admitted it.”
Lily is now on the road to recovery, but spends most of her time curled up in her bed, and is on painkillers.
Mrs Corkin added: “Lily is lucky to be alive, really.
“Her injuries are terrible, but the vet says she should be hopping around in a couple of weeks and she’ll learn to walk again. We’re just glad to have her at home.”