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Police appeal for information after two cats attacked by dogs off the lead

PUBLISHED: 14:06 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:06 16 August 2016

Ian Judson with Rosie who was attacked by dogs in Muswell Hill. Photo: Polly Hancock

Ian Judson with Rosie who was attacked by dogs in Muswell Hill. Photo: Polly Hancock

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Police are advising animal lovers not to take the law into their own hands following reports one cat was killed and another wounded by two dogs let loose without an owner.

Rosie is still traumatised following the attack. Photo: Polly HancockRosie is still traumatised following the attack. Photo: Polly Hancock

Ian Judson witnessed a “commotion” when his cat, Rosie, was attacked by two dogs, believed to be an Alsatian and Husky, outside his Church Crescent flat.

He told the Ham&High: “I could hear the cat meowing, I was panicking. I wasn’t careful for my own safety - I was just getting her out.

“Luckily my instincts were to rescue her and I opened the door, brought her in.”

Rosie, an 11-year-old Battersea rescue cat, was rushed to the emergency vets with a broken rib and suspected air around the lungs.

She is still traumatised after the August 4 attack.

Musician Mr Judson is thankful his upstairs neighbors’ baby was not outside around 7pm.

He said the dogs had their collars on and looked well-looked after.

Another cat, Cookie, was killed by two dogs in a separate incident.

Alesi Storey, 20, of Steeds Road, said her 10-year-old cat died outside after being attacked.

Her grandmother saw the attack outside the window, but could not save Cookie, who died on the spot around 7am on August 1.

The owner did eventually come but she reportedly waved at people calling to her and walked off.

Ms Storey said: “I just want people to be aware that if you have a dog it could be dangerous and it shouldn’t be allowed off the lead.

“It could have so easily been a child [that was hurt].”

PC Sharon Rogers advises people to call the police if they see dogs roaming the streets, but not to make any attempts to catch them.

PC Rogers said: “Police were contacted regarding an incident whereby two dogs off the lead and with no apparent owner in sight had attacked a domestic cat.

“I made contact with the owner of the cat and expressed my concern that two dogs had been roaming freely and unfortunately had attacked his cat [...]

“I advised against anyone trying to catch the dogs, as had been suggested on the Muswell Hill Facebook page but if seen to call Police.

“The owner has put out a plea on the Facebook page to request if anyone knows who owns the dogs or for any information to come forward.

“Apparently there was another cat killed a few days prior.

“A suggestion had been made that it was by the same dogs, but at this stage we do not know if this is fact.”

She added: “I would urge anyone with knowledge of the dogs or owners, or information to come forward.”

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