A TREASURED pet was found mauled to death in the street by its owners after a suspected dog attack.
Walter and Eileen Winship were left devastated after they found their cat lying motionless in the road.
Neighbours reported hearing dogs barking late the previous night and a man saying to someone “come on we have to go”.
Walter and Eileen, both 61, of Owton Manor, Hartlepool, believe dogs could have been deliberately set on their beloved cat called Twanny.
The Mail reported on Monday how mum-of-two Jillian Carter, of Bede Grove, Hartlepool, lost two pet cats within three days from anti-freeze poisoning.
And just last week the Mail reported how Patricia Turner, 64, and her nine-year-old grandson Aaron watched in horror as her beloved pet dog Bob was killed in a matter of seconds when three dogs attacked him.
Walter and Eileen say police told them it was “an act of nature” and officers are powerless to investigate unless witnesses come forward.
Walter, who is registered disabled, said: “We are upset, my wife is more upset than I am.
“The grandchildren played with her and my granddaughter Corie worshipped her.”
The couple put Twanny out every night, but were puzzled when she did not show up as usual on Tuesday morning.
Walter said: “A neighbour gave me a knock at seven o’ clock on the morning and said ‘Wally I think your cat’s near the side of the road.’
“I went over and she was dead. It’s definitely been dogs.
“A woman over the road said she and her husband heard dogs barking at about 12.30pm at night.
“They opened their door and heard a lad saying ‘come on we have to go’.
“I have been on to the police, but they said there was nothing they could do as it was an act of nature.
“I think it’s ridiculous that a domestic cat can’t go round and not get set on by dogs and police can’t do anything about it.”
He and Eileen, who have four grown-up children and 13 grandchildren, are urging other pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets.
“We just don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said Walter, of Jameson Road.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said of Walter and Eileen’s loss: “It is distressing however we can’t investigate at the moment as we haven’t had any witnesses come forward.
“If information comes to light we will investigate further.”
Anyone with information should contact Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency number 101.