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Warning after cat killed by hunting dogs
3:13pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A DISTRAUGHT cat owner is considering legal action after her pet was killed by a pack of dogs out hunting.
Freddie, a four-year-old Bengal was set on by four dogs that were in woods at The Hermitage, Chester-le-Street.
The attack happened on Sunday (October 27) just a few feet from the garden of owner Cleo Monty’s home in Warkworth Drive.
Mrs Monty said police told her there was nothing they could do.
But she knows the identity of one of the dogs’ owners and is looking to see if there are grounds for a civil action.
Mrs Monty said she and her family had only lived in the house for a month and thought it would be a safe place for her cat.
She said she had spoken to the landowner who said he had not given permission for any hunting on the land.
Mrs Monty is urging other cat owners in the area to guard their pets in future.
“The fact they have gone out with packs of fox terriers, lurchers and greyhounds so close to people’s houses shows they have a blatant disregard for anything, basically.
“The dogs are out there to kill and if they come across somebody’s pet, unfortunately it will be killed.
“Freddie was in the wrong place at the wrong time. These people had no business to be there.
“I don’t think it matters to these people what there is to hunt, as long as they get something to kill.”
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