Cat mauled to death in 3am dog attack

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A COUPLE have been left devastated after seeing their cat savagely mauled by a dog as they looked on helplessly.

Ian and Gemma Cronshaw, of Rock Lane, Padiham watched horrified as the crossbreed dog viciously bit and shook their six-year-old ginger tom Isaac in their back garden, leaving him so badly injured the vet had to put him to sleep.

Mr Cronshaw, a teacher at Heasandford Primary School in Burnley, told of his anger at how the dog owner, who was riding a bike, entered his back garden and allowed the 3am attack to happen.

The 55-year-old said: “We were woken up by an ungodly scream and thought it must be cats fighting.

“We went to the window and saw the owner stood in our garden and the dog ragging our cat around.

“The owner was just stood there watching. I don’t understand how somebody can just watch as their dog mauls another animal to death.

“It was horrific. I put my dressing gown on and ran outside and screamed at him to get it off my cat.

“My wife was screaming. He called the dog off and I scooped Isaac up and told my wife to take it inside. He had suffered a broken back and was so distressed. The dog was snarling and I thought it was going to attack me and I said to him ‘you’re not going anywhere, my neighbour’s rang the police’.

“But he just cycled off and his dog followed him. I went out in my car to find him but he was gone.

“We’ve seen people who go out lamping, poaching in the fields in the area, and sometimes they will set their dogs on anything that moves.

“It’s barbaric. Isaac was such a loving and trusting cat, which is probably why the dog got to him.”

The man had short, crew cut blond hair spiked up at the front, and was aged between 25 and 30. He was between 5ft 10ins and 6ft, wearing a camouflage jacket, and riding a black mountain bike.

The RSPCA urged anyone with information about last Tuesday’s incident to contact them and said it would prosecute the owner responsible.

A spokesman said: “This is a sickening way for anyone to behave, and there is no excuse for deliberately setting a dog on another animal in this manner. If anyone has any information they can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”

Burnley Police confirmed they were investigating. Anyone with information should call them on 101.

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10:30am Tue 1 Jul 14

Casper's mum says...

Hope this scum bag is caught and his dog taken away from him.
Hope this scum bag is caught and his dog taken away from him. Casper's mum
  • Score: 24

10:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

Bankser says...

Prosecute the owner of the dog???? Persecute would be better, owner and dog and then maybe we can have peace in our lives and in our minds..........my heart goes out to the owners of this beautiful cat!
Prosecute the owner of the dog???? Persecute would be better, owner and dog and then maybe we can have peace in our lives and in our minds..........my heart goes out to the owners of this beautiful cat! Bankser
  • Score: 20

2:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mothernature says...

I don't understand the mentality of the scrotes who allow or encourage their dogs to kill. This is one reason why I don't allow my cats to stay out at night.
I don't understand the mentality of the scrotes who allow or encourage their dogs to kill. This is one reason why I don't allow my cats to stay out at night. Mothernature
  • Score: 17

8:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Seems like there is a problem with this sort of thing in Padiham. Did the scumbag who killed the cat then kicked it into the river ever get caught? I hope this waste of a human skin gets a bit of karma coming his way.
Seems like there is a problem with this sort of thing in Padiham. Did the scumbag who killed the cat then kicked it into the river ever get caught? I hope this waste of a human skin gets a bit of karma coming his way. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 9

8:21pm Tue 1 Jul 14

darwenTower says...

Mothernature wrote:
I don't understand the mentality of the scrotes who allow or encourage their dogs to kill. This is one reason why I don't allow my cats to stay out at night.
You aren't supposed to understand them, they aren't wired up right.
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: I don't understand the mentality of the scrotes who allow or encourage their dogs to kill. This is one reason why I don't allow my cats to stay out at night.[/p][/quote]You aren't supposed to understand them, they aren't wired up right. darwenTower
  • Score: 8

8:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jkbnan says...

My cat was attacked in our back garden,( there was a fence and gate that the dog got through) a couple of years ago, we spent hundreds of pounds at the vets. We phoned the police,cats protection,rspca, nobody could help we were told cats don't have rights. This was our neighbours dog we just got abuse from him and his mother. My cat had problems after the attack. I dont know whats wrong with people these days. My neighbour thought it was one big joke!
My cat was attacked in our back garden,( there was a fence and gate that the dog got through) a couple of years ago, we spent hundreds of pounds at the vets. We phoned the police,cats protection,rspca, nobody could help we were told cats don't have rights. This was our neighbours dog we just got abuse from him and his mother. My cat had problems after the attack. I dont know whats wrong with people these days. My neighbour thought it was one big joke! jkbnan
  • Score: 6

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