A DOG which savagely killed a cat has sparked an investigation because of concerns it could strike again.
Misty, a 10-year-old tortoiseshell, was put down because of the extent of her injuries after she was mauled by what her owner described as a black Labrador-cross-border collie in Lime Kiln Road, Tiverton, last week.
Misty's owner, Beverly Sanders, 60, said the dog was out of control when it raced into the street from the Grand Western Canal towpath at around 4.20pm on Tuesday, September 4.
Mrs Sanders said: "She had x-rays and they showed her spine was broken, one of her legs was out of its socket, her other leg was whipped away from her knee, and she had internal bleeding so had to be put down.
"The owner, a woman, did not have the dog on a lead. The dog ran into the road and started throwing my cat around like a rag doll – Misty was screaming and it was absolutely terrible.
"Next time it could be a child and it is absolutely disgusting. People should be made to put dogs on a lead between the canal basin and Tidcombe Bridge, because it is a built-up area."
Misty was put down by West Ridge Veterinary Practice, Park Hill, at around 8pm on the day of the attack and buried in the garden of her family's home the following day.
Misty's shrieking caused a number of neighbours to come into the street, including a man who needed a tetanus jab after he was bitten by the cat, which was in shock and hiding under a parked car.
The dog was described by Mrs Sanders as being an all-black female named Ruby.
A police officer was called to Lime Kiln Road on the same day for an unconnected incident and although he was sympathetic told her no crime had been committed.
Mid Devon District Council is keen to trace the owner of the dog, who has been described as having black hair and is in her late 40s to early 50s.
Simon Newcombe, environmental enforcement manager for the council, said: "Our sympathies go out to Beverly. We are in the early stages of investigating the incident and would welcome contact from the dog owner so we can obtain a statement.
"While dog-on-cat issues are to a certain extent natural behaviour, the nature and extent of this attack and potential for other victims gives us concern."
Because of similar incidents, the council proposes extending dog warden powers so Dog Control Orders can be imposed to direct that dangerous and out-of-control dogs are on a lead at all times in public places. Failure to comply would lead to prosecution.