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Family's shock as cat is killed by dog

PUBLISHED: 15:30 24 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich family has been left devastated today after their family cat was mauled to death in the street by a dog.

Julie Dixon raced out of her home in Dereham Avenue when she heard that her cat, nine-year-old Harley, had been attacked.

AN Ipswich family has been left devastated today after their family cat was mauled to death in the street by a dog.

Julie Dixon raced out of her home in Dereham Avenue when she heard that her cat, nine-year-old Harley, had been attacked.

A neighbour had seen the dog go after Harley yesterday afternoon and told Mrs Dixon where the cat was. She carried him back to the house but the pet was already dead.

Mrs Dixon said: "It all happened at about 3pm. Two young boys who looked no more than about nine or ten came to the house.

"I later realised these were the boys with the dog and said they thought I had better come along quickly.

"I ran out of the house but was too late and I found Harley dead in a near-by garden. I didn't think about it at the time … I just went out but the dog was still around and could have had a go at me."

She was understandably upset when she talked about Harley who had only just got over cancer.

"He was such a friendly cat and used to visit all the neighbours. Everyone knew him and when he went missing a while back everyone kept an eye out for him. He was asleep on the sofa minutes before this happened and then got up and walked straight out to his death, it is absolutely terrible, I think I am still in shock."

Mrs Dixon claimed the dog, a white Alsatian, was out of control and the two young boys with it had no chance of trying to keep hold of it.

"It had no muzzle and was very strong. There is no way I would have let my 13-year-old son out with it and these boys were younger still."

Her husband Gary said: " It had no collar on and only a leather lead and this is no good for a dog that size. When I came out it had a go at our dog and I had to kick it to get it off. This was a big, thick set dog that could do and did do real damage. The boys had run off by the time all this was over and I went out with my sister-in-law to try and find them but with no luck."

The family is worried that the dog could strike again.

"Next time this could so easily be a young child. If they take it out again then it is likely something will happen and there are lots of cats and not to mention children around here.

"If the parents knew the kids were out with this dog then I cannot believe it. There is no way they should be out alone with a dog that size," said Mr Dixon.

The Dixon's have reported the incident to police who are making inquiries in to the ownership of the dog.

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