Padiham residents' horror as cat mauled by dogs, kicked and drowned

The RSCPA would like to speak to a man who was photographed at the scene to rule him out of their investigation

The RSCPA would like to speak to a man who was photographed at the scene to rule him out of their investigation

First published in News

WITNESSES have described their horror at seeing a cat mauled, kicked and drowned in Padiham.

The ginger and white stray was allegedly attacked by three dogs off their leads by the River Calder, near Weir Close.

One witness, who says he watched the violent episode from his bedroom window, claims a man walking the dogs went back and kicked the defenceless cat after his animals had attacked it.

The RSPCA is investigating the incident, while Lancashire police said they had been informed. A picture was taken showing a man at the scene. The RSPCA say they want to speak to him to rule him out of their inquiries.

RSCPA animal welfare officer, Gail Platt, said she was called to the scene shortly after 8am yesterday (FRI).

She said: “Unfortunately the cat was dead by the time I got there. Apparently it had been kicked into the water and couldn’t get out because of its injuries.

“There is some CCTV from the nearby health centre that we’re hoping to study. Details have been passed on to the Burnley RSPCA inspector and then we’ll know the extent of the investigation.

“The dogs’ handler has left the cat there and came back later on to look at the scene. He knows what he’s done. We know it wasn’t an accident.”

The attack was also witnessed by a number of workmen at a nearby building site.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said he feared it was his cat being attacked at first.

The 28-year-old said: “I don’t think people like that should be able to get away with actions like this. It’s a disgraceful and disgusting thing to be happening near where you live.

“I just looked out the window and there were three dogs off their leads chasing this cat. One was one lurcher-type dog, and there were two smaller ones which looked like Staffordshire terriers.

“This person was just walking along behind them. When the dogs caught up with the cat they just ripped it to pieces.

“They threw it in a bush to die. It started to get back out of the shrubbery near the river, crawling, and the man just kicked it away from him, back towards the water.

“It slid in and that’s what killed it. It was absolutely vile. It was still alive after the dogs attacked it but it drowned after that. I found it astonishing.”

A fourth dog was also present, although it was not involved in the attack.

The witness said the dogs walker noticed he was being watched and shouted at onlookers before leaving the scene.

Neighbours rang the police and the RSPCA, who waded into the river to recover the male cat’s body, which is now being preserved for evidence.

The witness added: “The same bloke came back about an hour later in different clothes and just had a look around. We have complained about anti-social behaviour around here before but this is the worst.”

Ms Platt, who recovered the cat, said: “This man has been seen before with dangerous dogs off their leads in this area and I believe the health centre staff have confronted him in the past.”

A Lancashire police spokeswoman confirmed that they had received a call about the attack at 8.10am yesterday.

She added: “We had a report of a cat being attacked and information has been passed to the neighbourhood policing team. We have advised that it possibly isn’t a police matter.

“It can be difficult to prove that the animals being dangerous and out of control were encouraged by their owner.”

Anyone with information about the attack can contact the RSPCA on 01282 861634.

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9:34am Sat 22 Mar 14

kojak1010 says...

I would just love to give him a good kicking just as he did with that poor defenveless animal!!! It's a very sad world where people would even want to hurt anything.
I would just love to give him a good kicking just as he did with that poor defenveless animal!!! It's a very sad world where people would even want to hurt anything. kojak1010
  • Score: 53

9:52am Sat 22 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.
Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down. Just an observer
  • Score: 35

12:24pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

Scum bag!
Scum bag! ikap22
  • Score: 33

1:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

TheReality says...

Just an observer wrote:
Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.
Not the dogs fault and I doubt such a low life peice of fecal matter would care anyway! Like everyone says I would love to give him a good kicking then have him executed. He probably beats up women and kids too!
[quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.[/p][/quote]Not the dogs fault and I doubt such a low life peice of fecal matter would care anyway! Like everyone says I would love to give him a good kicking then have him executed. He probably beats up women and kids too! TheReality
  • Score: 28

1:15pm Sat 22 Mar 14

CeeBee85 says...

I just dont know how anyone can allow this to happen! When I was a kid we had a cat and the next door neighbour's dog attacked it. He survived the attack but was left paralysed so we had to have him put to sleep. I was heart broken. It's not the dog's fault, they're just following their instincts but the owners have a responsibility and what this man did himself is utterly disgusting.
I just dont know how anyone can allow this to happen! When I was a kid we had a cat and the next door neighbour's dog attacked it. He survived the attack but was left paralysed so we had to have him put to sleep. I was heart broken. It's not the dog's fault, they're just following their instincts but the owners have a responsibility and what this man did himself is utterly disgusting. CeeBee85
  • Score: 23

1:34pm Sat 22 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Find him and give him a. Good beating and throw him in the river
Find him and give him a. Good beating and throw him in the river phil kernot
  • Score: 36

2:29pm Sat 22 Mar 14

cathedral citi says...

nauseating. simply nauseating. A vile, nauseating excuse for a 'human' being.
It's high time nauseating toerags like this are banned for life from being custodians of animals. the **** should be caught, and handed the harshest of penalties, but i doubt the relevant authorities reprimanding him severely.

I have had dogs, as well as a cat, and over the years, shown them love and respect, which they have reciprocated ten-fold.

The poor cat.........i just wish i was in the vicinity......i would have happily pasted the T$$T and thrown him into the river.........

Out of control dogs are becoming a major problem.......

Bring on restrictive licencing for dogs, and stiffen the penalties for animal cruelty

Am i seething with disgust and rage? too bloomin' right i am!
nauseating. simply nauseating. A vile, nauseating excuse for a 'human' being. It's high time nauseating toerags like this are banned for life from being custodians of animals. the **** should be caught, and handed the harshest of penalties, but i doubt the relevant authorities reprimanding him severely. I have had dogs, as well as a cat, and over the years, shown them love and respect, which they have reciprocated ten-fold. The poor cat.........i just wish i was in the vicinity......i would have happily pasted the T$$T and thrown him into the river......... Out of control dogs are becoming a major problem....... Bring on restrictive licencing for dogs, and stiffen the penalties for animal cruelty Am i seething with disgust and rage? too bloomin' right i am! cathedral citi
  • Score: 33

2:38pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Just an observer wrote:
Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.
If you kicked his dogs around then you are no better than him. Dont worry scum like this will get what is coming to them. Its obvious from all the evidence in this report people out there know who this scumbag is. Lets be having his name and address.
[quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.[/p][/quote]If you kicked his dogs around then you are no better than him. Dont worry scum like this will get what is coming to them. Its obvious from all the evidence in this report people out there know who this scumbag is. Lets be having his name and address. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 19

2:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Baffled as to so many wittneses and no one confronted this retarded soft headed scumbag. To be honest i would have pasted him, sorry i meant make a citizens arrest.
Baffled as to so many wittneses and no one confronted this retarded soft headed scumbag. To be honest i would have pasted him, sorry i meant make a citizens arrest. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 34

4:07pm Sat 22 Mar 14

johnley says...

the person that as the image of this low life, must send it on to the local paper,so that he can be identified. and let the community sort this scum bag out. And if by any chance you are the low life that did this,,, just remember what happened to that so called women the put the cat in the bin,, your going to be asking for protection, just like that poor defenceless cat needed protection. YOU WILL BE FOUND OUT,god help you when you are.
the person that as the image of this low life, must send it on to the local paper,so that he can be identified. and let the community sort this scum bag out. And if by any chance you are the low life that did this,,, just remember what happened to that so called women the put the cat in the bin,, your going to be asking for protection, just like that poor defenceless cat needed protection. YOU WILL BE FOUND OUT,god help you when you are. johnley
  • Score: 25

4:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Ian123xyz says...

Start giving proper sentences to filth like this and put them on a register for life. They could never be trusted with kids or the vulnerable.
Start giving proper sentences to filth like this and put them on a register for life. They could never be trusted with kids or the vulnerable. Ian123xyz
  • Score: 17

4:46pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Ken dodds cousin says...

people just stood and watched??there as bad as the low life scum bag
people just stood and watched??there as bad as the low life scum bag Ken dodds cousin
  • Score: 13

5:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Just an observer wrote:
Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.
If you kicked his dogs around then you are no better than him. Dont worry scum like this will get what is coming to them. Its obvious from all the evidence in this report people out there know who this scumbag is. Lets be having his name and address.
Was being a bit rhetorical with that comment, would not really kick the dogs. but he sure does need a lesson taught.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just an observer[/bold] wrote: Would be nice to find this chap, kick his 3 dogs around while he just has to watch. then give the same to him, think that's fair, how about you lot???? Oh then fine him & send him down.[/p][/quote]If you kicked his dogs around then you are no better than him. Dont worry scum like this will get what is coming to them. Its obvious from all the evidence in this report people out there know who this scumbag is. Lets be having his name and address.[/p][/quote]Was being a bit rhetorical with that comment, would not really kick the dogs. but he sure does need a lesson taught. Just an observer
  • Score: 8

8:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Pat Howarth says...

The present laws regarding animal abuse are worth nothing.
The penalties for abusing animals are a joke...time to get some real laws brought into practice, and stop the soft judges trying these cases and letting this type of scum back on the streets to continue with their vile abuse.
Only a lousy coward would act this way.
Not the dog's fault...they act on instinct....he acted with sick, cowardly aggression, because the target was a little cat and wouldn't / couldn't fight back.
People like this just turn my stomach.
Please grass him up if you know him.
He deserves everything this world can throw at him...give him to me....and he'll be wearing his testicles as earrings when I've finished with him.
Whoops , can't do that......cowards don't have b***s do they.
This sicko needs a good kicking....an eye for an eye....
The present laws regarding animal abuse are worth nothing. The penalties for abusing animals are a joke...time to get some real laws brought into practice, and stop the soft judges trying these cases and letting this type of scum back on the streets to continue with their vile abuse. Only a lousy coward would act this way. Not the dog's fault...they act on instinct....he acted with sick, cowardly aggression, because the target was a little cat and wouldn't / couldn't fight back. People like this just turn my stomach. Please grass him up if you know him. He deserves everything this world can throw at him...give him to me....and he'll be wearing his testicles as earrings when I've finished with him. Whoops , can't do that......cowards don't have b***s do they. This sicko needs a good kicking....an eye for an eye.... Pat Howarth
  • Score: 15

8:43pm Sat 22 Mar 14

POW WOW says...

That's nice to know there's lots of spineless scumbags everywhere in this country who don't give an hoot !!!!!!!!!!!!
That's nice to know there's lots of spineless scumbags everywhere in this country who don't give an hoot !!!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

THESE IDIOTS WANT A ROPE HOW ANYONE CAN DO THIS TO A CAT IS BEYOND ME
THESE IDIOTS WANT A ROPE HOW ANYONE CAN DO THIS TO A CAT IS BEYOND ME Burnley59/60
  • Score: 9

12:20am Sun 23 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

kojak1010 wrote:
I would just love to give him a good kicking just as he did with that poor defenveless animal!!! It's a very sad world where people would even want to hurt anything.
well my xmas wish would be to give this low life a **** good kicking and then ask him what he thinks of it ,why do we have to tolerate scum like this ?
[quote][p][bold]kojak1010[/bold] wrote: I would just love to give him a good kicking just as he did with that poor defenveless animal!!! It's a very sad world where people would even want to hurt anything.[/p][/quote]well my xmas wish would be to give this low life a **** good kicking and then ask him what he thinks of it ,why do we have to tolerate scum like this ? noddy57
  • Score: 7

12:29am Sun 23 Mar 14

K7****7 says...

I find it hard to believe there were witnesses because nobody stopped the scumbag.
I find it hard to believe there were witnesses because nobody stopped the scumbag. K7****7
  • Score: 4

1:17am Sun 23 Mar 14

ladysal says...

Agree with the sentiments expressed here. To those to mention the witnesses who did nothing at the time. This guy had three large dogs with him who were out of control - that's why they did what they did to the cat. Would you want to confront this piece of scum knowing that there were three dogs nearby who had just tasted blood? I certainly wouldn't! Hopefully the info given to the police and RSPCA is enough to get this vile piece of inhumanity found and charged.
Agree with the sentiments expressed here. To those to mention the witnesses who did nothing at the time. This guy had three large dogs with him who were out of control - that's why they did what they did to the cat. Would you want to confront this piece of scum knowing that there were three dogs nearby who had just tasted blood? I certainly wouldn't! Hopefully the info given to the police and RSPCA is enough to get this vile piece of inhumanity found and charged. ladysal
  • Score: 9

12:04pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Looking on the bright side that's one less cat that will poop in someone's garden
Looking on the bright side that's one less cat that will poop in someone's garden Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: -26

2:14pm Sun 23 Mar 14

doctor1970 says...

Give him a kicking and see how he likes it.
Give him a kicking and see how he likes it. doctor1970
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Looking on the bright side that's one less cat that will poop in someone's garden
You tit
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Looking on the bright side that's one less cat that will poop in someone's garden[/p][/quote]You tit Just an observer
  • Score: 15

2:49pm Sun 23 Mar 14

POW WOW says...

Be interesting to know how the police will treat the killer. A human rights identity cover up and hand shake by the sound of it !!!!!!!!!!!
Be interesting to know how the police will treat the killer. A human rights identity cover up and hand shake by the sound of it !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Truth will out says...

If he's walking his dogs around there the chances are that this isn't the first time he's walked them there. There can't be that many people in that local area with 3 dogs like that - someone must have an idea who this is.

I'd hope the word would spread to watch out for this guy again. If he walks the dogs round there again I would urge anyone to call 999. I'd also like to see who did this get a real good kicking.
If he's walking his dogs around there the chances are that this isn't the first time he's walked them there. There can't be that many people in that local area with 3 dogs like that - someone must have an idea who this is. I'd hope the word would spread to watch out for this guy again. If he walks the dogs round there again I would urge anyone to call 999. I'd also like to see who did this get a real good kicking. Truth will out
  • Score: 9

6:41am Mon 24 Mar 14

mrbrazil says...

This low life scum won't have been able to have kept quiet on this and will have definitely bragged about it so I pray that someone has the guts to shop him. Nothing is as tragic as this and there could be young children in padiham who are grieving over their cat and that in itself should be enough for someone to come forward.
This low life scum won't have been able to have kept quiet on this and will have definitely bragged about it so I pray that someone has the guts to shop him. Nothing is as tragic as this and there could be young children in padiham who are grieving over their cat and that in itself should be enough for someone to come forward. mrbrazil
  • Score: 6

11:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

Pat Howarth says...

Read the article....Stray cat. No one to grieve. He's been told about his dogs by people at the nearby health centre. He won't go back on there for a good while now....so watch out for him in nearby areas where he can let his dogs run (and chase things if they so desire). You don't tackle a guy with 3 dogs killing a cat in front of you. The people who saw what happened rang the rspca , so did the right thing. The dogs didn't kill the cat HE KILLED THE CAT...IT DROWNED BECAUSE HE KICKED IT INTO THE WATER....and that needs to be remembered. Someone with some sort of decency will grass him up...Someone knows him and knows where he lives....ring the rspca and tell them where he is....he's scum, and if he's your mate...you need to seriously think about the company you keep.
Read the article....Stray cat. No one to grieve. He's been told about his dogs by people at the nearby health centre. He won't go back on there for a good while now....so watch out for him in nearby areas where he can let his dogs run (and chase things if they so desire). You don't tackle a guy with 3 dogs killing a cat in front of you. The people who saw what happened rang the rspca , so did the right thing. The dogs didn't kill the cat HE KILLED THE CAT...IT DROWNED BECAUSE HE KICKED IT INTO THE WATER....and that needs to be remembered. Someone with some sort of decency will grass him up...Someone knows him and knows where he lives....ring the rspca and tell them where he is....he's scum, and if he's your mate...you need to seriously think about the company you keep. Pat Howarth
  • Score: 2

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