CCTV captures moment before 'furious' free-roaming dog mauls cat to death

A grieving pet owner is asking for the public's help to identify the owner of a 'furious' dog after his cat was mauled to death. Song Yip has been left devastated after 14-year-old Sam was killed on the Norton Heights estate on Friday evening (April 12).

The 51-year-old said he let Sam out that morning but after the cat didn’t return the following day, he went out looking for him. It wasn’t until he posted in a community group on Facebook that he heard about the tragedy.

A neighbour reached out to him to say they’d found Sam’s body and had taken him to the vets.

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Song said: “I couldn’t believe it. At first, they said he had no chip, and Sam has got a chip. They looked again and they said they could see the chip. It was quite distressing, we still do not believe it.

“We hoped Sam would be the last victim of such a horrible tragedy. The dog is big, furious, it’s a dangerous dog, without a collar. The owner is irresponsible to not use a leash. Without a leash, it may kill something else, maybe a baby in the future.

“My cat is my child. I work from home and he lays next to me. We want to know what happened exactly to our cat, we want to find a way to find justice for him. I still cannot believe he’s gone. We will always love him."

The incident has been reported to Staffordshire Police who are hoping to track down the collarless, light coloured dog and its owner.

Song added: “We cannot expect that limited police resources can truly and effectively prevent similar incidents from happening again. Only by involving more people through social media and reporting irresponsible dog owners, can we be more effective in preventing similar incidents from happening again.”

A spokesperson from Staffordshire Police said: “We went to Campian Way, Norton, just after 6pm on Friday (April 12) following reports of a dog attack. A dog is understood to have attacked a cat just after 5.45pm on Friday (April 12). Sadly, the cat died from its injuries.

“The dog is described as light-coloured and was not wearing a collar. Enquiries are ongoing to track the dog and its owner.”

If you were in the area at the time or have any information, CCTV or dashcam footage, call 101, quoting incident 602 of 12 April, or message Staffordshire Police using Live Chat on our website. If you’d like to report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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