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Dog attack which kills cat leaves Lincoln owner 'heartbroken'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

Joy Walsh

Devastated: Joy Walsh, whose cat Dusty died in a dog attack

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A devastated pet owner watched in horror as her cat was killed by a neighbour's dog.

Joy Walsh, 59, was woken by her 14-year-old granddaughter Beatrice in the early hours after hearing the cat squealing.

She went downstairs to see her pet, Dusty, being savaged by the dog.

"My grandaughter was sleeping in the back bedroom and I was asleep in the front bedroom when she came running in," said Mrs Walsh, who lives off Brant Road.

"She said that one of the cats sounded like it was in pain – it was squealing.

"I went downstairs and when I opened the kitchen door I saw the dog attacking the cat.

"I had to hit it with the garden brush at which point it ran away with my cat still in its jaws.

"It was horrendous. My grandaughter was screaming and I just felt helpless."

Mrs Walsh woke the dog's owner in an attempt to find her pet but was told it was not in their garden. Another neighbour from across the street helped her look for Dusty and they found her on a lawn.

"I have only ever seen the dog once in all my time living here and it is never really outside," she said.

"If it had attacked a child I dread to think what would have happened.

"I am afraid that it is going to happen to another of my cats and I couldn't stand that.

"The whole thing is heartbreaking. Dusty was like a child to me, cats are my life.

"I still can't believe it has happened and that Dusty has gone."

Mrs Walsh, who owns two other cats, has also praised the support of her neighbours.

"Everyone has been great," she said.

"From those who helped me find Dusty to those that have supported me after, it means a lot."

James Newall, spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, confirmed they had been made aware of the incident.

"The caller reported that next door's dog had got into her garden and killed her cat," said Mr Newall.

"We went to see Mrs Walsh's neighbour and they were given advice regarding controlling the dog."

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 26 2012, 7:08PM

    I wonder how valued her child/ren and grandchild/ren feel about her comment: "Dusty was like a child to me, cats are my life"?

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 26 2012, 6:24PM

    Whilst I couldn't agree more regarding cat 'gifts' left in gardens Mick (it drives me crazy), I fail to see the relevance to this particular story. The cat in question was in its owner's garden.

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  • DontBuyTheSun  |  October 26 2012, 5:28PM

    So which authorative tome did you use to come up with that pearl of wisdom?.................... If your dog, a domesticated animal, runs into the road and causes a crash, your house insurance policy might well cover you. If your cat runs into the road and causes a similar accident then unfortunately the driver is on his own as the cat is classed as a wild animal. I was trying to be informative and even a bit sympathetic to your plight, but if you're going to come over all ****y then you deserve all the cats you get.

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  • Saxilby_Mick  |  October 26 2012, 2:29PM

    @ DontbuytheSun "They are classed as wild animal despite being pets" - So which authorative tome did you use to come up with that pearl of wisdom? FYI the felines which visit my garden are of the species 'felis catus' (Othewise known as Domestic Cats) Although there are small numbers of 'felis silvestrus' (native Wild Cats) living in the Highlands http://tinyurl.com/78eq2 there is no evidence to suggest that their nocturnal activities extend as far south as Saxilby And, for the record, I also think horse-owners are irresponsible for the way in which they allow their animals faeces to remain on the highway. Dog-owners are required to clear-up after their animals: the same should apply to owners of other animals.

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  • DontBuyTheSun  |  October 26 2012, 12:58PM

    Saxilby_Mick While its not pleasant to have to clean up after cats, they are classed as wild animals despite being pets. You cant call the owners irresponsible if, by the law of nature, they have no control over the animal once outside. Not all cats can be house cats unfortunately. People have to clean up after pigeons, geese, foxes, etc? Sometimes you just have to suck it up, so to speak.

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  • Saxilby_Mick  |  October 26 2012, 12:12PM

    Whilst not wishing to tar Mrs Walsh with the same brush, it is a sad fact that many cat owners are irresponsible and allow their cats to roam at will. We get at least a dozen of them visiting our garden on a regular basis and the amount of cat poo that they deposit is disgusting.

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  • polcop  |  October 26 2012, 11:11AM

    I have the utmost sympathy for this lady as an owner of cats and a dog. Sadly though this is the nature of strange dog v cat . My cats are house cats as there is far too much risk via shooting, poisoining etc of cats that i could not safely let them out. This could have happened anywhere and the dog is not dangerous because it attacked a cat.

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