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."