Family cat savaged to death by Sunderland gang’s lurcher

Tilly the cat who was killed by a lurcher.

Tilly the cat who was killed by a lurcher.

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A WOMAN has spoken of her disgust after thugs set a dog on the family cat, ripping it apart.

Alexandra Samuels only recently took in her mother Denise Foster’s cat, Tilly, after her sudden death less than two months ago, aged 55.

Now the treasured 19-year-old pet, who Alexandra grew up with since the age of 10, has been savagely ripped apart just yards from her home, in a seemingly deliberate act.

Alexandra, 29, was too upset to even look at Tilly after the attack, but says she takes comfort in the knowledge that her mum was not there to see what happened.

A group of men are said to have let a lurcher dog out of their car, at around 10pm on Thursday, September 19.

Witnesses say the men had driven around the Wear View area several times before they happened on Tilly, in Stockley Avenue, and released the dog.

“By the time the neighbours got to her, she was thankfully already dead,” Alexandra said.

“My husband took care of her. I couldn’t even bring myself to look at her. It was absolutely horrendous. I was more shocked than anything.

“She was my mum’s cat – at least she wasn’t here to see it. She would have been devastated.”

Alexandra added: “She was just such a lovely cat. She was really old and a little bit senile.

“When she went out, she would just sit on the garden wall.”

Police say that although they have had a good response to a previous appeal for information, featured in the Echo, no arrests have been made.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We’ve had a positive response to the press appeal and are following up lines of enquiry.”

Officers are keen to trace a turquoise blue Vauxhall Corsa which was in the area at the time.

It is thought there were four or five men, aged in their late teens or early 20s, in the car.

Anyone who has any information about the car or the men is urged to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.