Wellington woman takes heart from shrine left to cat mauled to death by dogs (From This is The West Country)
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Wellington woman takes heart from shrine left to cat mauled to death by dogs
A PET owner says she has been overwhelmed by community support after her cat was mauled to death by two dogs.
Animal-lover Alayne How is taking comfort from a shrine left to Figgy after he was brutally torn apart just yards from his home.
Ms How, 49, said: “Loads of people have stopped to have a look and the neighbours have left mementos to him. People have been asking where he is. He lived here for 21 years.
“He was like a doorman here. He would always sit on the wall at the front and if somebody was coming in he would walk with them to the door before going back to the wall.”
Black-and-white Figgy was sat on the wall out the front of his home in Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, on Sunday, August 25, when he was attacked.
Witnesses say the cat was attacked by the two dogs, which were being walked at the time, and one neighbour tried to intervene, resulting in a cut hand.
Ms How said: “The first I knew was when my neighbour came to the door and he told me. He said he tried to get the dogs off Figgy.
“I was cooking at the time but I went out and saw him being ripped apart by the dogs; it was horrible.
“My first thought was ‘What can I do for him’ but I realised there was nothing I could do. There was blood everywhere.”
The attack prompted a police investigation and Ms How has called for dog owners to control their animals.
She added: “I don't blame the dogs; it’s the owners for not being able to control the dogs.
“Owners need to know their dogs’ capabilities and keep them under control. Unmuzzled dogs should not be allowed out if they can’t be controlled.
“There are a lot of children on this street and it could have been much worse. Imagine if they had tried to intervene, they would have had no chance.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 101.
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