Family devestated after cat killed by dogs

9 November 2010, 16:13 | Updated: 9 November 2010, 16:16

A cat owner today described her horror at the death of her beloved pet after it was allegedly deliberately pushed off a fence by two youths and attacked by dogs.

Jazz, a 12-year-old Tortoiseshell cat, was on top of a fence in Osmund Drive, Northampton, on October 21 when a female passerby saw someone knock her off and into the path of the two dogs, which then attacked the cat.

The witness shouted at the youths to call off their animals, one of which was thought to have been called Marley, but they ran off.

Jazz had already died as a result of the attack.

She said: ``I saw the cat on the fence, and then I saw a hand knock the cat off the fence and then I heard the attack. It was terrible.''

Jazz's owner, Sara Giles, said the death of the beloved pet had left the whole family heartbroken.

``The whole family were really upset when we heard what had happened to Jazz,'' she said.

``We have had her since she was a kitten and she was part of the family. I cannot believe that someone would do such a cruel thing to an innocent animal.

``I just hope someone has some information about this incident, so that we can try to prevent this happening again.''

Jazz was examined by a vet and a single large puncture wound was found in her chest.

The RSPCA said the breed of dog that attacked Jazz was not known and issued an appeal for any information relating to the incident.

Inspector Polly Underwood, who is investigating the attack, said: ``The disturbing thing about this is that the youths appeared to push the cat off the fence right into the path of the dogs and goaded them to attack her.

``I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident to contact the RSPCA as soon as possible.''

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.