Cat lover's warning after pet is killed in dog attack in Grimsby
A CAT lover is warning pet owners to be aware of dog attacks after her beloved feline was killed.
Sharon Mabey, of Langton Drive, Nunsthorpe, feels "lost" without her family cat Millie, who was attacked by a greyhound-type dog.
The pet owner could see her eight-month-old black cat dead on the other side of her back garden fence on the former St Mary's school field, after seeing two grey dogs nearby.
Her other cat, Jet, arrived at her doorstep puffing after being caught up in the ordeal.
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Sharon said: "My stomach sank when I saw her body laying there and the difficult thing is, I couldn't get to her because the fence is too high.
"The council picked her up from the field for me, and she had bite marks all over her.
"There was no way Millie could escape because the fence is made up of high metal railings.
"People need to be aware of the consequences of dog attacks on cats and now I don't want to let my other cat outside. The owners are to blame, not the dogs."
Sharon said Millie was a loved family cat and she got her when she was seven weeks old.
She added: "I have always been brought up with cats and I love them because they are just so friendly.
"I will really miss Millie and I feel lost without her.
"Jet is really pining for her, too."
Sharon had Millie cremated by the Blue Cross.
Susan Knox, chief vet at Blue Cross animal hospital, in Grimsby, said: "Firstly, we were so sad to hear about this poor cat and our sympathy goes to the owner.
"Many dogs will instinctively want to chase cats and other small animals.
"Not just those who were bred to historically, like terriers and lurchers, but any dog can have the drive to chase, catch and even kill another small animal.
"Dog owners help prevent these tragic incidents through training and being in control of their dog when out and about."
The Blue Cross pet bereavement support service has a free helpline between 8.30am and 8.30pm everyday on 0800 096 6606 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org