Rogue staffys slaughter cat in own home
A Gore woman is calling for a crackdown on wandering dogs after her beloved cat was mauled to death in her own home.
Teacher Emma de Pass received every animal owner's nightmare call after her neighbour witnessed two staffy dogs enter her property, chase her cat through the catflap and proceed to maul him to death like "a piece of meat" on Friday.
"It's horrific. He was just sleeping and they've come and murdered him in his own home," Ms de Pass said.
Her neighbour jumped the fence and attempted to distract the dogs by banging on the window as the house was locked, however nothing more could be done, she said.
By the time animal control and police arrived at the scene 20 minutes later it was too late.
The dogs, a mother who was microchipped, and pup who was not, were destroyed.
Fiance Ryan Walker, who entered the home after the attack, said it was like a crime scene with blood all over the walls and carpet.
The curtains were ripped and there were scratch marks in the window sill where Smoky had tried to escape.
"I don't know why it happened to us.
"Our house isn't even on the street. They would have had to turn off the road and come all the way down the driveway."
"It should not have happened.
"What happens if we'd had kids playing out the back.
"What if we'd been home? It's not good enough. Those dogs are dangerous."
Sergeant Sharee Lietze, of Gore, said wandering dogs were a problem that needed to be addressed.
Gore District Council chief executive Steve Parry, who is consulted during serious animal attacks, said the council had received complaints about the two dogs in the early part of the day.
However, by the time animal control caught up with them the incident had already occurred.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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