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Shocked Beverley sees her beloved cat savaged by dog

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

  • Misty the cat

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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.

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  • pete13  |  September 11 2012, 11:56AM

    Pleases do something about dogs...eg bring back the licence !

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  • pete13  |  September 11 2012, 11:56AM

    Please do something about dog control !!!

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  • suby25  |  September 11 2012, 10:54AM

    HI im Bevs neighbour and i have 3 cats two which are kittens and one 2yr old, i have the same problem my older cat has been chased around 6 times in the last 4-5 months by dogs from the canal they coming running through the hedge which is owned by the canal the last time she was pinned against my wall by a grey hound in her own garden how he didnt kill her i will never know.Sometimes they see them through the hedge and just come through there is no barrier what so ever.Its impossible to put a fence on my side as there is no-where to physically put it.All the council need to do is put a fence along the tow path instead of a hedge and that would save a lot of problems.My cat when last chased ripped two of her toe nails out and i had big vets bills .Owners should take responsibility for their dogs and keep them on leads until after they out of built up arrears.I think its only a matter of time before its a child and then people will be up in arms.Im devastated for Beverly and would be devastated if were to happen to mine,im too scared to even let my kittens out at the moment and my older cat isnt even safe in her own garden!.Sue Bryant

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