Police investigate spate of dog attacks on cats
POLICE are investigating a spate of late-night incidents where dogs have been used to viciously kill cats.
A man is reportedly roaming the Afan Valley village of Cwmavon with greyhound or lurcher breed dogs.
Officers 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: "It is highly likely that the animals killed have been family pets and it can be distressing for those families concerned to find out that their beloved pet has been killed in such a gruesome way."
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He said police believe the incidents happen late at night or during the early hours of the morning.
"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," he added.
Bryn and Cwmavon councillor Dave Whitelock said people have been talking about the incidents on Facebook.
"I am concerned about it," he said.
"We don't want this type of thing happening in the village.
"The children are back in school now and it would not be very nice if a child saw it."
Police, who are working with the RSPCA, are appealing for any information from the public about the incidents.
PC Doyle added: "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.
"I am appealing to anyone who can assist us identifying this individual or has any relevant information to come forward."
A RSPCA spokesman said: "If anyone sees somebody deliberately inflicting cruelty on animals, they should call the RSPCA 24-hours a day on 0300 1234 999 and we will investigate.
"We often rely on the public to be our eyes and ears.
"If we can catch anyone who is deliberately setting their dog onto a cat, they can expect to be taken to court and could find themselves facing a jail sentence."
Anyone with information contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the RSPCA.