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Capel St Mary dog walker must have two golden retrievers destroyed after his three pets savaged cat to death

11:25 25 November 2014

Roland Tanner-Tremain leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Roland Tanner-Tremain leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court.


A Capel St Mary dog walker whose three golden retrievers savaged a cat to death has been told two of his pets must be destroyed.

Roland Tanner-Tremain, of Days Green, Capel St Mary, pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with control orders relating to his retrievers, India and Rushley.

The 61-year-old also admitted three charges relating to the dogs and their mother Sydney being dangerously out of control when he took them for a walk in the village last month.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard that in a statement given to police the cat’s owner Jodie Baxter described the aftermath of the attack on her 15-year-old silver tabby Stig.

It read: “The man got hold of the cat and shook him as if he was trying to get him to come back from the dead and was poking him saying ‘come on puss, you are all right’.”

Prosecutor Colette Harper said India and Rushley were put under control orders on March 18 last year by the magistrates’ court after a catalogue of incidents in which they had attacked dogs and sheep. As part of the orders they were to be kept muzzled and on leads in public.

At around 8.30pm to 8.45pm on October 2 the retrievers and their mother Sydney, who was not involved in the previous incidents, were walking unmuzzled and on extendable leads.

They saw Stig in grass beside a footpath in Snowcroft and attacked him.

Mrs Harper said Ms Baxter heard the screams of her cat and went outside to see it being “ripped apart” on the path outside her home. Her elderly mother-in-law tried to kick the dogs away.

Tanner-Tremain initially walked away after the cat had been killed, the court was told.

When challenged the self-employed plumbing and heating engineer offered to buy a new cat for Ms Baxter and dispose of Stig or to pay for him to be taken to the vet.

Mrs Harper said: “The family were obviously horrified.”

The court heard Tanner-Tremain originally thought Stig had been a rabbit after Sydney saw something lying in the grass.

District Judge Celia Dawson said: “This was an extremely nasty offence. It would have been very, very distressing for the owner of the cat that was killed, not just because she heard what was going on, but because she to deal with the aftermath of her quite clearly badly mauled cat.”

The judge ordered the destruction of India and Rushley and made Sydney subject to a contingent destruction order if she showed the same behaviour again.

Sydney must be muzzled in public and kept on a non-extendable lead in future.

Tanner-Tremain was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £665. He must also pay Ms Baxter £200 compensation.


  • My cat has killed an uber amount of mammals, my dog none! My cat attacks my dog! Why put an animal down for what is an animal instinct! It is so sad for the cat's owner. I saw a cat lying, no, squirming in the road after being run over & the culprit (human) drives away &gets away with it!?? The rest of us queuing up hoping & praying someone would get this poor little cat to the vets asap. No, we all had to rush off to work! Shame on us! Should we me destroyed? Natural Instinct .......

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    Sunday, November 30, 2014

  • @Boris, I suppose you think all humans should be locked up incase one of them attacks someone. Dogs behaviour is just a reflection on their owners. This man is the problem here.

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • If he had complied with the first court order re keeping the dogs muzzled, the cat would still be alive and he would not have been back in court.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • All dogs should be on leads and muzzled when out in public. We need legislation to this effect. Owners like Tanner-Tremain should be banned from keeping any dog for the rest of their lives.

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  • Bad decision , not the dogs fault . They should be rehomed , not killed ! The Man should be haunted by the cat for the rest of his life .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Poor dogs its not there fault they have a bad owner they should be given to a proper owner, & Roland Tanner should be made to pay for their upkeep. He should not be aloud to keep dog for the rest of his life

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Good glad this order has been given. Poor cat! I agree That owner should be held more accountable for his actions as this could've been a child!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • This is so out of character for a lab. I would like to see if there is any CCTV of this attack. Maybe the cat was acting in a way to anger the dogs, perhaps it was teasing the dogs. It says that the cat was mistaken for a rabbit, we're there any half chewed carrots nearby?

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • The problem here is quite clearly the owner. Golden Retrievers are normally a very placid breed but he comes across as an arrogant and uncaring individual, which seems to have rubbed off on his dogs. If they'd all been destroyed last year, as they should have been, it would have spared a lot of grief.

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    PC Plod

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • well said blue and white spot on comments. its a shame the dogs and cat have had to suffer due to this dogs owner ignorance.

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • 09F9, it can be guessed you're a dog lover. But even you can't possibly deny that out-of-control, aggressive dogs - indulged too many times and having learnt that attacking other creatures will not be punished - may become a danger to human beings too. Babies and children, that's a bit different from birds and mice, right? Don't think we've yet heard of a domestic cat mauling and killing a child; dogs are a different story.

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • I thought only staffies and pitbulls were dangerous.. Golden retreiver, perfect family pet......

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    Richard ,

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • I wonder how many birds or mice "Stig" dispatched over his fifteen years. Of course, cats are just doing what comes naturally. What is the difference here?

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • The dogs should have been ordered destroyed much earlier. They were clearly aggressive and vicious - "a catalogue of incidents in which they had attacked dogs and sheep". It could have been a baby in the grass somewhere, rather than that poor old cat.

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • So very sad to see that because of this man's arrogance and stupidity in ignoring previous control orders, a much loved cat and two dogs have lost their lives.

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    Lakota S

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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