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Household cat "torn to pieces" by Lurchers as owners looked on

“The owners just stood there and did nothing when he was trying to get them away from the cat. They wouldn’t call them off.”

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THE OWNER OF a cat that had to be put down after being attacked by a group of dogs on a suburban Dublin street yesterday is said to be ‘still traumatised’ by what happened.

‘Lucky’ the cat was treated by a vet in Clondalkin in the wake of the attack – which happened at around five o’clock yesterday evening.

“There was nothing they could do,” manager of local animal charity Animal Ark Amanda Hoskins told TheJournal.ie. 

According to an account of the incident, posted on the group’s Facebook page, the cat was on his porch sleeping, when the Lurchers were ‘set on him’ .

He had no chance and his owner fought off the dogs as best he could, getting bitten all over his arms.

hands Source: Animal Ark/Facebook

A vet was called, and the cat was brought over immediately, “they quickly assessed the injuries, but sadly he had to be put to sleep”.

Hoskins said there were two teenagers involved, and that they had four dogs of various colours – all Lurchers.

She said the owner was a local man aged in his 40s.

“He came to us for help because he’d be a customer of the shop. He was just traumatised by it.

The owners just stood there and did nothing when he was trying to get them away from the cat. They wouldn’t call them off.

The owner asked Animal Ark to publicise the incident in the hope of getting information on the teenagers – and to warn other cat owners in the area, she said.

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