THE owner of one of the dogs caught mauling a cat to death on CCTV has explained why he didn’t stop to help before leaving the scene.
Asking to remain anonymous, he approached the Wigan Evening Post this morning after seeing our front page and the footage online.
The CCTV, caught by Heaven v Hell Fitness’ cameras in Pemberton, shows the two dogs – that are not on a lead – cornering the defenceless cat before attacking it on Monday night.
All three animals disappeared off screen but the gym’s owner Daniel Ryder says that he and a member recovered the feline’s badly beaten and lifeless body 15 minutes later.
Mr Ryder immediately reviewed the CCTV and also witnessed how the owners of the two dogs were seen arriving several seconds later to retrieve them before taking them away, appearing not to check on the cat.
He then posted the video on Facebook with a running commentary of what was happening.
However, the owner of the first dog seen on the video, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, says that when the two men went to collect their pets, they didn’t see the cat and if they had they would have done something about it.
He said: “I had no idea there was a cat there, I couldn’t see it.
“I would’ve taken it home or gone into the building to let them know about it.
“There’s no way I would have just walked away. I contacted the RSPCA and they’ve told me to contact the police and council about it.”
A number of other allegations about the dog have since been made by people who recognised it on Facebook.
However, the owner leapt to its defence saying it has never done anything like this before.
“My dog plays with children and he loves them,” he said.
“He also plays with little dogs, his best friends are actually Jack Russells and I’ve got people to back that up. I’m in disarray with how it has come across.
“It does chase rabbits in the fields. I’ve had him for 10 years now and harm cats.
“Normally he is on his lead (where the dog is on the video) but sometimes we’ve let him walked down where the grass is.
“Sometimes he runs off but he’s just playing and when I shout him he comes straight back.”