Pet owner's anger after 'loose' dog killed cat
A DEVASTATED cat owner whose pet was killed in a gruesome attack has spoken out about "irresponsible" people who let their dogs roam without a lead.
The fatal attack on a cat owned by Denise Williams from Glynneath follows a spate of late-night incidents in Cwmavon where dogs have been used to kill cats.
Ms Williams said the dog walker had his animal off the lead when it turned on her pet.
"We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe he was walking the dogs in a residential area off a lead," she said.
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"It is a gruesome death and whereas I realise it is not the dog's fault, I am angry with the owner."
She said they noticed the dog in their garden and the owner at the bottom of their lane calling it.
"He was just putting a dog on a lead but walked off without putting the other dog on a lead," she said.
"We shouted down to him but he ignored us and walked off.
"It was only after he had left that we discovered our cat had been attacked and killed by the dog."
Police launched an investigation last week after cats were reportedly being killed in Cwmavon by dogs.
Officers believe a man is roaming the Afan Valley village with greyhound or lurcher breed dogs.
They have been told he sets the animals off in pursuit of the cats in order to severely injure or kill them.
PC Chris Doyle, of Port Talbot Police Station, said: "In recent weeks there have been several reports of a man with greyhound or lurcher-type dogs using them to deliberately kill cats throughout the village of Cwmavon.
"We are currently investigating these incidents in conjunction with the RSPCA, and I would like to reassure the residents of Cwmavon, that should this person be identified, then robust and positive action will be taken."
Police are working with the RSPCA to find out more about the incidents.
"I am appealing to anyone who can assist us in identifying this individual or has any relevant information to come forward," said PC Doyle.
An RSPCA spokesman said: "It beggars belief that someone would seek to inflict such cruelty on other animals.
"We would urge the public to help us with our enquiries so that we can bring an end to this suffering and find whoever is responsible."
Contact police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.