'Barbaric' attacks on cats across Keighley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sara Atkinson Sara Atkinson

VICIOUS dogs are savaging cats in a soaring number of deliberate "barbaric" attacks across Keighley.

Lurcher-type mutts are being set on defenceless moggies by teenage gangs.

Now anxious cat owners are taking to social media to raise awareness and warn others to be on their guard.

And a Cross Roads-based cat charity, which says it is aware of the "sickening" acts, has issued its own alert.

Several pets are believed to have died and others horrifically injured in the incidents, which have been particularly prevalent on the Braithwaite, Guard House and Bracken Bank estates.

A Braithwaite dad, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, said the mutilated remains of one of his two cats were found at a local play area just days after it had gone missing.

“It was a sickening sight,” said the 33-year-old sales manager.

“From her wounds, it was quite clear she had been attacked by dogs. She had horrible injuries, including two broken back legs. It's barbaric.

“It is awful to know there are people out there who will do this kind of thing, and we’re talking about teenage kids.”

He said the night their pet disappeared, his partner had heard someone outside the house shout “get it” and then the cry of a cat.

Sara Atkinson, founder of Yorkshire Cat Rescue at Cross Roads, also condemns the brutal practice.

“We've heard about these attacks but, fortunately, haven’t seen first-hand the consequences."

The Braithwaite cat owner added: “I posted the disappearance on Facebook, and a few days later someone who lives nearby called round to say they’d found a cat they believed was mine,” he added.

“I was absolutely distraught when I saw her.

“These gangs are going out at night hunting with dogs. It begs the question what these youngsters’ parents are doing.”

Another cat owner said that without firm proof of those responsible, it is difficult for the authorities to take action.

“There have been a number of attacks, which have left cats with horrendous injuries,” she said.

“Names have been suggested for those suspected of involvement, but a lot of people are worried about coming forward for fear of revenge attacks.

“One lady has suffered abuse and had things thrown at her house as she dared to say things to these youths."

Mrs Atkinson advises owners to try to keep their cats indoors at night when incidents are more likely to take place.

She said she had heard reports nationally of people obtaining cats purely for ‘bait’.

The RSPCA said it had not been made aware of the incidents.

But its chief inspector, Beth Clements, added: “If anyone has evidence this is happening or any specific concerns, we would like to hear from them so we can look into it further.”

She can be contacted on 0300 1238018.

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4:18pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Albion. says...

There must be people who know who is responsible, the more they keep quiet and the worse it'll get.
There must be people who know who is responsible, the more they keep quiet and the worse it'll get. Albion.
  • Score: 15

10:29am Thu 12 Jun 14

cmal915854 says...

My friend phoned the police on Saturday night after witnessing one such attack on a cat by two youths with a lercher type dog and a bull cross,they fled and she tried to persue them in her car but to no avail,the cat was ripped to bits with the attack,,the response she got from the police was .quote.that was a bit stupid chasing after them in your car on your own that time of night and as for the incident we have enough on our plates sorting people out without bothering about animals.
My friend phoned the police on Saturday night after witnessing one such attack on a cat by two youths with a lercher type dog and a bull cross,they fled and she tried to persue them in her car but to no avail,the cat was ripped to bits with the attack,,the response she got from the police was .quote.that was a bit stupid chasing after them in your car on your own that time of night and as for the incident we have enough on our plates sorting people out without bothering about animals. cmal915854
  • Score: 3

10:36am Thu 12 Jun 14

Albion. says...

cmal915854 wrote:
My friend phoned the police on Saturday night after witnessing one such attack on a cat by two youths with a lercher type dog and a bull cross,they fled and she tried to persue them in her car but to no avail,the cat was ripped to bits with the attack,,the response she got from the police was .quote.that was a bit stupid chasing after them in your car on your own that time of night and as for the incident we have enough on our plates sorting people out without bothering about animals.
They'll soon clamp down if people take the law into their own hands.
[quote][p][bold]cmal915854[/bold] wrote: My friend phoned the police on Saturday night after witnessing one such attack on a cat by two youths with a lercher type dog and a bull cross,they fled and she tried to persue them in her car but to no avail,the cat was ripped to bits with the attack,,the response she got from the police was .quote.that was a bit stupid chasing after them in your car on your own that time of night and as for the incident we have enough on our plates sorting people out without bothering about animals.[/p][/quote]They'll soon clamp down if people take the law into their own hands. Albion.
  • Score: 5

9:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Bradford56 says...

This is awful. There are some truly evil people around and this group need catching and prosecuting as soon as possible.
This is awful. There are some truly evil people around and this group need catching and prosecuting as soon as possible. Bradford56
  • Score: 0

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