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Dogs killed cat in Blackburn as owners laughed
A COUPLE have spoken of their heartbreak after their pet cat was killed in a vicious attack.
Witnesses reported seeing two men encourage their two lurcher dogs to chase Harry, a 20-year-old black and white cat, down a ginnel between two houses in Rockliffe Street, Blackburn before mauling him.
They were then seen laughing about the attack.
Owners David and Pauline Rimmer said a neighbour alerted them of the incident.
David, 58, said: “I’d been working nights and I’d nodded off. I didn’t hear anything.
“When Pauline came home our neighbour Graham said, ‘I’m sorry about this, is this your cat?’ “It was dark so we couldn’t see much, but Pauline was hysterical. His throat was ripped and the towel was full of blood. Graham had already phoned the RSPCA.”
The couple said Harry was deaf and short-sighted, and could only move slowly, but he was otherwise a healthy cat.
Pauline, 54, said: “I know they went down the street laughing, that’s what got me. Graham chased them and said they were just laughing. I’ve had Harry since he was an eight-week-old kitten. He had a good life, but for him to go like that is awful.
“My grandaughter Lacey is three, she doesn’t know yet, and my little cat ZaZa is out looking for him. I’ve buried him in the garden and I’m going to put some bulbs round.
“These people are subhuman, people would call them animals, but animals are not like that.”
David and Pauline said they do not blame the dogs, but the owners who encouraged them to kill Harry. But they fear that because the dogs have been encouraged to kill once, they could attack again.
David said: “The dog has done that now, what will be a next, a child in a pram? It’s had a taste for blood.”
The men are being sought by the RSPCA, which is appealing for witnesses.
Lancashire Police said they are also aware of the incident, and the neighbourhood team has been notified.
Kat Hamblin, an RSPCA inspector, said the attack was ‘particularly brutal’.
She praised two boys who came forward to report the crime. Ms Hamblin said: “They were very young and it is very brave of them to report this. It happened around 7.20pm on Thursday and we want to trace the men in their 20s who had the dogs on a lead.
“We have been told the dogs approached the cat in the front garden of a house but were then let off their leads and chased it down an alleyway where they cornered it. The dogs’ owners then encouraged them to kill the cat.”
One of the owners was described as wearing a black tracksuit with a hoodie and a red cap, while the other was wearing jeans and a grey hoodie.
The RSPCA has urged anyone who knows who the men are to call its cruelty hotline free on 0300 1234999.
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