A WIGAN mum has issued a desperate plea to dog owners to keep their pets on a lead after two of her cats were mauled to death in separate attacks.
Jemma Jones and her family were devastated when the pets died violently just months apart.
Oscar and Buster were both found in woodland behind her home on Oxburgh Road, Spring View, with injuries consistent with those from a dog attack.
On the second occasion, Miss Jones took her cat to the vet’s where her fears were confirmed.
She said: “Oscar was found on November 8, 2014. He had gone out the night before but I didn’t know he was in the woods at the time. The day after, we shouted for him again and we even put posters up.
“We went further into the woods the next day and he was behind a fence dead and you could tell a dog had had him: he was all roughed up with bite marks. We were devastated.
Usually I’d find him playing but last Thursday I let him out in the evening. I went looking for him in the woods and we found him on the floor with a big bite mark with fresh blood. I took him to the vet’s and they said it was a dogJemma Jones
“We got Buster shortly afterwards on November 20. I didn’t want to let him out at all after what had happened with Oscar.
“But I’ve got an older cat who is 10 and he kept crying after her when she went out so I let him out over the last four weeks but every time he went out my site I went into the woods looking for him.
“Usually I’d find him playing but last Thursday I let him out in the evening. I went looking for him in the woods and we found him on the floor with a big bite mark with fresh blood. I took him to the vet’s and they said it was a dog.”
Jemma is now warning other cat-owners in the area of the dangers and pleading with those out for walks with dogs to keep them on a lead.
She said: “We’ve all been really upset about it, my 13-year-old son doesn’t understand why it’s happened.
“If those dogs had been on a lead then the cats would still be alive now.
“That footpath backs onto people’s back gardens that have pets too.”