A DISTRAUGHT Wigan family are urging people to sign an online petition to help protect cats from dog attacks after their pet was killed in their own garden.
On Sunday, May 20 Julie and John Valentine were horrified to see the 10-year-old family cat, Beans, savaged by a dog in their own garden before it ran on to a bridle way still carrying the dead animal in its mouth.
As so often happens in attacks of this kind, Julie says the owner of the dog, thought to be an Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was not interested in what his pet had just done.
Instead he dismissed John’s pleas to take responsibility for his dog and got into his van and drove away from the family’s home off Wigan Road, Aspull.
The devastated family, whose son Jack has Down’s Syndrome, immediately called the police and the RSPCA to report the incident but were shocked to find that nothing could be done to help them.
Julie, 41, said: “We were told that the police don’t deal with animal on animal attacks and that we would probably have more success if we brought a civil case because the dog was on our land.
“Despite it only being a cat that was killed, I have a 10-year-old disabled son and my mother-in-law who is elderly, lives in the grounds and spends a lot of time in and around the garden.
“Jack loves dogs and will always say hello to them, so I’d hate to think what would of happened if either of them had been in the garden.
“This man showed no remorse for what his dog had done. He seemed to find it quite amusing.
“My neighbours have children and pets so I want to warn them that there’s an animal that will attack on the loose so they don’t go through what we have.
“I’d urge anybody with a pet to sign the petition because the more signatures it gets the more likely it is that a change in the law will be made.”
To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/17277