Inquiry after Norton family’s cat is mauled to death

Inquiry after family’s cat is mauled to death

Amy Simpson with her daughter Cerys, left, and Sophie.

The Simpson family's pet cat Louie

Amy Simpson with her cat Louie

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A FAMILY have been left devastated after their pet cat was mauled to death by two dogs.

Amy Simpson, who lives in Eastfield Road, Norton, said she had been altered by a neighbour last Friday evening to say their cat, Louie, was being attacked.

"By the time I got out the cat was barely alive and wimpering quietly, " she added.

"I went down to stroke him but he quickly passed away."

Amy said she had only got the cat nine months ago to cheer up her daughters Cerys,aged three and Sophie, five, after their father left.

"We are all absolutely devastated and the girls couldn't stop crying," she added.

"It is awful that I got Louie to make them feel better and now this has happened - it is just awful."

Amy said her friend had seen two lurcher or greyhound-type dogs attacking the cat.

"She tried to stop what was happening but the owner told her where to go and ran off," she added.

"I've since found out that this also happened to a lady wo lives opposite whose cat was killed about a month about by the same dogs."

Amy said there was now a lot of concern in the area, particularly with families with young children.

"We have the playing field at the end of our road but people I've spoken to are not keen to let their kids out to play now in case these dog are around," she added.

"I am certainly not letting my two out of sight , goodness knows what would happen if they saw a child running because that is what they go for - it's terrifying."

Amy said she had reported the incident to the police who had referred her to the local dog warden.

Brian Dunn, Animal Welfare Officer for Ryedale District Council, said : “The incident is still under investigation and will be dealt with accordingly.”

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9:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Lurcher or greyhound-type dogs usually seem to slip under the media radar when it comes to unprovoked attacks by dogs. Lurcher or greyhound-type dogs are naturally much more vicious than your average Staffordshire Bull Terrier. My dog has never had any bad encounters with those type of dogs but always gives them a very wide berth when he spots them, or will even start walking in the opposite direction. I must add here, that like all breed of dogs they are not born bad, its all down to the owners.

The Eastfield Road, area of Norton is not very big. Someone knows who the owner is.
Lurcher or greyhound-type dogs usually seem to slip under the media radar when it comes to unprovoked attacks by dogs. Lurcher or greyhound-type dogs are naturally much more vicious than your average Staffordshire Bull Terrier. My dog has never had any bad encounters with those type of dogs but always gives them a very wide berth when he spots them, or will even start walking in the opposite direction. I must add here, that like all breed of dogs they are not born bad, its all down to the owners. The Eastfield Road, area of Norton is not very big. Someone knows who the owner is. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 6

10:11am Thu 10 Apr 14

dsom73 says...

Same happened to my cat Gilmore last year. He was attacked by dogs out illegally Hare Coursing nearby. It happened on a sunday, I found him badly injured but still alive hiding in a nearby shed Monday morning.

Unfortunately, his injuries were so severe he had to be let go and he died on the Tuesday. Devastating. I'd had him for 11 years - he was a lovely cat.

The police didn't want to know obviously, he was a cat and chances of prosecution were slim.

I keep my eye out for the coursers now - if I see them I video them and call the police - but again, they don't really want to know.
Same happened to my cat Gilmore last year. He was attacked by dogs out illegally Hare Coursing nearby. It happened on a sunday, I found him badly injured but still alive hiding in a nearby shed Monday morning. Unfortunately, his injuries were so severe he had to be let go and he died on the Tuesday. Devastating. I'd had him for 11 years - he was a lovely cat. The police didn't want to know obviously, he was a cat and chances of prosecution were slim. I keep my eye out for the coursers now - if I see them I video them and call the police - but again, they don't really want to know. dsom73
  • Score: 5

10:27am Thu 10 Apr 14

the original Homer says...

Video any dogs who come into the area, and video anyone with those dogs.

Then show the videos to the friend who was "told where to go". If she can pick out the person who was there when the cat was mauled then the Police should be able to do something.

Incidentally, what changes did the neighbour make to her? Being altered by a neighbour is almost as worrying as having your pet mauled :-)
Video any dogs who come into the area, and video anyone with those dogs. Then show the videos to the friend who was "told where to go". If she can pick out the person who was there when the cat was mauled then the Police should be able to do something. Incidentally, what changes did the neighbour make to her? Being altered by a neighbour is almost as worrying as having your pet mauled :-) the original Homer
  • Score: -4

11:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

markymmark says...

Brian Dunn, Animal Welfare Officer for Ryedale District Council, said : “The incident is still under investigation and will be dealt with accordingly.”

Sounds very sympathetic !
Brian Dunn, Animal Welfare Officer for Ryedale District Council, said : “The incident is still under investigation and will be dealt with accordingly.” Sounds very sympathetic ! markymmark
  • Score: 2

10:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Old_Man says...

Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain?
Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain? Old_Man
  • Score: -7

10:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Old_Man wrote:
Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain?
If you can't be even bothered to explain your BS. Then please don't even bother leaving a comment. Go back to your bottle Old Man.
[quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain?[/p][/quote]If you can't be even bothered to explain your BS. Then please don't even bother leaving a comment. Go back to your bottle Old Man. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 9

12:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

Yorkshire Soph says...

poor poor cat very sorry for the family losing a pet is devastating especially in those circumstances.
poor poor cat very sorry for the family losing a pet is devastating especially in those circumstances. Yorkshire Soph
  • Score: 3

11:34am Fri 11 Apr 14

Hereiamagainhaha says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Old_Man wrote:
Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain?
If you can't be even bothered to explain your BS. Then please don't even bother leaving a comment. Go back to your bottle Old Man.
Nothing but a nasty piece of work you are, you sound very bitter and twisted....
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Oh dear Woody. Ill informed **** at it's worst. Lurchers and greyhounds slipped under the radar? I'm not even gonna waste my time pointing out why you are so wrong but to say it's all down to the owner is laughable! Have you not heard of the food chain?[/p][/quote]If you can't be even bothered to explain your BS. Then please don't even bother leaving a comment. Go back to your bottle Old Man.[/p][/quote]Nothing but a nasty piece of work you are, you sound very bitter and twisted.... Hereiamagainhaha
  • Score: -2

7:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

twotonethomas says...

dsom73 wrote:
Same happened to my cat Gilmore last year. He was attacked by dogs out illegally Hare Coursing nearby. It happened on a sunday, I found him badly injured but still alive hiding in a nearby shed Monday morning.

Unfortunately, his injuries were so severe he had to be let go and he died on the Tuesday. Devastating. I'd had him for 11 years - he was a lovely cat.

The police didn't want to know obviously, he was a cat and chances of prosecution were slim.

I keep my eye out for the coursers now - if I see them I video them and call the police - but again, they don't really want to know.
I have found that when it comes to coursers and poachers the police will take it seriously. However when it's the red coated huntsman on his horse the police aren't always so keen.

Is it perhaps because the PCC or the local Chief Inspector shares dodgy handshakes with the local huntmasters?
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: Same happened to my cat Gilmore last year. He was attacked by dogs out illegally Hare Coursing nearby. It happened on a sunday, I found him badly injured but still alive hiding in a nearby shed Monday morning. Unfortunately, his injuries were so severe he had to be let go and he died on the Tuesday. Devastating. I'd had him for 11 years - he was a lovely cat. The police didn't want to know obviously, he was a cat and chances of prosecution were slim. I keep my eye out for the coursers now - if I see them I video them and call the police - but again, they don't really want to know.[/p][/quote]I have found that when it comes to coursers and poachers the police will take it seriously. However when it's the red coated huntsman on his horse the police aren't always so keen. Is it perhaps because the PCC or the local Chief Inspector shares dodgy handshakes with the local huntmasters? twotonethomas
  • Score: 1

11:08am Mon 14 Apr 14

Allan Whitehead says...

Being a cat and Dog lover, I feel sadness for the cat owners. Many people should appreciate that dogs chase cats. However, when two or more dogs are involved then the dog owners are at fault. We have various laws that classify dogs into categories. I believe we have a dangerous dogs act. Which covers some pets but not all? Health and hygiene advances over the years have come into force. Owners or the one walking their pet dog should remove excreta from pets. Evidence in very many instances owners just ignore this and leave it just like their pet as left it. For anyone to step in. On the other hand, cats always bury their droppings, sometimes in neighbour’s gardens. We have cared for several feral cats over the years. We have made a cat loo in our own garden that we clean out weekly, while keeping the soil in a well-raked fine soil. If anyone who owns a cat as a pet selects a part within their own curtilage (but slightly hidden) and fills a receptacles with fresh soil they will find their pet will find it and use it. It must be kept clean with the soil freshened up periodically.

Finally responsible dog owners keep their pet on leads when out among others. Yet some owners, who think they are responsible have their pets on these extending string leads, which allows their beloved pet to wander, just were they like.
Being a cat and Dog lover, I feel sadness for the cat owners. Many people should appreciate that dogs chase cats. However, when two or more dogs are involved then the dog owners are at fault. We have various laws that classify dogs into categories. I believe we have a dangerous dogs act. Which covers some pets but not all? Health and hygiene advances over the years have come into force. Owners or the one walking their pet dog should remove excreta from pets. Evidence in very many instances owners just ignore this and leave it just like their pet as left it. For anyone to step in. On the other hand, cats always bury their droppings, sometimes in neighbour’s gardens. We have cared for several feral cats over the years. We have made a cat loo in our own garden that we clean out weekly, while keeping the soil in a well-raked fine soil. If anyone who owns a cat as a pet selects a part within their own curtilage (but slightly hidden) and fills a receptacles with fresh soil they will find their pet will find it and use it. It must be kept clean with the soil freshened up periodically. Finally responsible dog owners keep their pet on leads when out among others. Yet some owners, who think they are responsible have their pets on these extending string leads, which allows their beloved pet to wander, just were they like. Allan Whitehead
  • Score: 1

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