Devastated family warn others after cat is killed by ‘savage’ dog in Dunchurch

Matthew and Helen James
Matthew and Helen James
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A heartbroken family is warning people to be careful of dangerous dogs after their beloved cat was killed by a ‘savage’ dog in their front garden.

Helen James, of Cawston Lane in Dunchurch, has been left with a £337 bill after vets tried to save her cat after it was viciously attacked by a grey lurcher last Sunday.

Topsy was 13 years old

Topsy was 13 years old

The community midwife said her family was extremely upset after the ordeal.

“The dog grabbed the cat with its jaws and shook her around violently,” Helen said.

“Topsy was asleep under the cherry tree in the front garden when it attacked her – it was her favourite spot.”

Helen’s neighbour, Lyn Walker, heard the ‘awful sounds’ and rushed out to help the 13-year-old cat.

Not only have we lost her in horrific circumstances but we’ve also been hit with a costly vets bill which makes it that little bit worse

Helen James

“Lyn was kicking and smacking the dog to try and get it off Topsy but it didn’t let go,” Helen said.

“She was covered in blood and scratches and she eventually managed to grab Topsy and keep hold of her.

“The dog then jumped up at Lyn to try and reach the cat and she was really scared it would bite her – it had blood dripping from its mouth.”

The woman walking the dog was said to be “extremely distressed” during the incident.

She offered to pay the vet bills but when Helen’s son, Matthew, went into the house to fetch a box to take Topsy to the vet, the dog walker had left.

Topsy had bites and injuries to her neck, back and legs, and had to be put down.

“She has been part of our family for 13 years and not only have we lost her in horrific circumstances but we’ve also been hit with a costly vets bill which makes it that little bit worse,” Helen said.

“The woman said she would help but then she disappeared without leaving any contact details or saying another word.”

Helen is warning families to be wary of dogs in the area.

She said: “The dog was on a lead but had no muzzle and it was vicious.

“It could have easily been a child that it hurt.”