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Call for dogs to be destroyed after cat death in Kidderminster
7:10am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER woman whose cat was killed by a dog is calling for the animal to be destroyed, despite its owner offering to buy a replacement cat.
The incident happened last Wednesday in Marlpool Place, where two greyhounds broke free from their owner and killed a cat, belonging to Kelly Heeley’s family, in their front garden.
Dog owner 83-year-old Keith Morris was cautioned for assault by West Mercia Police as a result of pushing past Miss Heeley’s mother Dawn Hancher in a bid to control the dogs.
Miss Heeley’s father Barry Hancher was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He received a caution.
The incident happened after Mr Morris “lost control” of his two greyhounds when they spotted two cats, Rebel and Fudge, on Miss Healey’s lawn. He fell over and one of the greyhounds, Molly, ran off with 16-year-old Rebel in its mouth.
The dog owners have offered to buy the Hanchers a new cat and have returned Molly to the Greyhound Trust.
Miss Heeley, 26, said: “We’re absolutely devastated. It’s not just the fact that he’s dead – my cat Fudge is terrified now.
“We don’t want anything off them. We’re not after a payout or compensation.
“In regards to taking the one dog back to the Greyhound Trust, both dogs were involved in the attack and so both should be destroyed or taken off them. They’ve still got a dangerous dog.”
Miss Heeley added that she thought the dogs should have been muzzled and expressed concern that the one remaining animal could still attack more cats or even children in the area.
Mr and Mrs Morris’ daughter Julie Taylor said they were both upset about the incident but that it was natural for dogs to kill cats.
She said: “It’s a well-known fact that dogs and cats will never mix. It’s totally natural and it’s very unfortunate.
“We’ve taken the dog that was responsible back to the Greyhound Trust – they [her parents] had only had her five or six weeks.
“My dad’s 83 and he’s got Alzheimer’s. He can’t remember lots of what happened.
“It’s really upsetting for everyone involved. My mum said in future she’ll be the one to take Luke [the other greyhound] out.”
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