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Six cats killed by fighting dogs in Colne
SIX cats have been killed by lurcher dogs trained for fighting.
The ‘horrific’ attacks took place in Glen Street and North Street, Colne, in the past three days.
Police said the incidents were known as cat coursing where dogs were trained to kill domestic pets before going poaching or badger baiting.
PCSO Carla Pickard said: “We are presuming it is the same dog or dogs that have carried out all the attacks. We had a spate of incidents known as cat coursing a while ago, but we carried out action with the RSPCA and a number of dangerous dogs were seized.”
The six cats were collected from the area by Pendle Council, but not all were micro-chipped or had a collar, so some owners have yet to be informed about what has happened.
PCSO Pickard said: “The dogs are often being trained as fighting dogs, prior to going badger baiting or poaching.
“Some of the breeds of dog that have carried out such attacks are not usually considered dangerous, but they are being trained to be so.
“Cats are family pets and are considered part of the family, so it is a very distressing and upsetting situation for people. They are often pets owned by young children, so it is an horrific and horrid crime.
“We’re not saying cats should be kept inside. That wouldn’t be fair. But owners should get their cats micro-chipped or have a collar on them so they can be identified.
“If anybody has seen anything or knows anything about these attacks then I would urge them to contact us."
The attacks follow the launch of Pendle Council's ‘Say No to Dangerous Dogs campaign’, with leaflets and posters urging people to report sightings and incidents involving dangerous dogs to the authorities.
Sean Machin, of Clifford Street, Colne, said: “I buried my grand-daughter’s pet cat this week. There are so many idiots around Colne, going around with their dogs terrorising cats.
“We just want to know if there is anything that can be done because it seems to be happening more and more every day.”
Coun Joe Cooney, Pendle Council leader, said: “Dogs are becoming a fashion item.
“People are not getting them as pets. They are becoming something that you are seen with.
“They don’t care about the animals and they don’t look after them properly, and they are allowed to terrorise people’s cats.”
Coun Cooney said that the borough council was working closely with police and the RSPCA in a bid to combat the problem.
Coun Dorothy Lord, who represents Waterside ward, said there were raids more than a month ago during which a number of dogs were seized and their owners questioned.
“We have all seen these people strutting around with their dogs, in fancy clothes, and the amount of damage they have been doing to cats. There is still work ongoing but there is a certain culture where this is thought to be acceptable,” she added.
Coun Neil Butterworth added: “Everyone who witnesses one of these attacks or sees one of these dangerous dogs on our estates should contact the police – that way we can build up a case against these people.”
Anybody who has information on the attacks can call police on 101, quoting reference number LC-20131008-0910.
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