Mum’s warning to dog owners after cat’s savage death

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A MUM is calling for dog owners to muzzle their pets after her cat was savaged in front of her children.

Lisa Vickers, daughter Imogen Worthington, four, and son Joe Jackson, 15, were called out of their Peterlee home by a neighbour after the greyhound was seen biting their pet Molly.

The 35-year-old shop assistant, who works at the town’s Asda store, picked up the eight-year-old black and white cat and rushed back to their house in Galloway Road.

But the cat, taken in by the family as a stray kitten, died of internal injuries while Lisa called for help from an emergency vet.

Now, after the incident on the field of a former school last Monday, and three other similar incidents in the Eden Hill area in recent weeks, Lisa is calling for owners to muzzle their dogs.

She believes each of the attacks on cats have involved greyhound, whippet or lurcher-type breeds.

Lisa, who has two more cats Kiesha and Milo, and miniature Jack Russell Ellie, said: “Two other people witnessed what happened and said they just thought she was a carrier bag.

“My point is all these kids around here have got these breeds of dog and I don’t want the same thing to happen to anybody else and these dogs are designed to kill. It only takes them a second and there are loads of them.

“They should be on a lead and should be muzzled.

“I’ve got a dog myself and I’ve got my children and, for me, I wouldn’t want them to be hurt.”

The attack has not been reported to the police, as the vet told Lisa little can be done to take action against owners.

However, Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, urged her and others affected by the incidents to get in touch.

He said: “We would need to look into the history of both the owner and the dog, but if animals are not being kept under control we need to look at public safety.

“If people don’t report it, we can’t look in to it, so would ask people to come and report this.”

Lisa is planning to get in touch with the council about the issue.

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