Maisie the Helston cat put down following dog attack

Maisie the 14-year-old Helston cat which had to be put down after being attacked by a dog during an incident on Monday June 3, 2024
-Credit: (Image: Linda Jenkin)


A mum has been left heartbroken and distraught after a neighbour's dog turned on her cat and mauled her. Linda Jenkins has had to take the awful decision to have her beloved Maisie put to sleep after the 14-year-old family pet received unsurvivable injuries during the incident.

It was about 4pm on Monday (June 3), while Linda was at work in Falmouth, that the incident happened outside her home in Trengrouse Way in Helston. Linda said Maisie, whom she'd had since she was six weeks old kitten, was not scared or bothered by dogs, including the large terrier from the other lady involved who lives nearby.

She said that on many occasions in the past the dog owner and her young boy and their dog even sat with Maisie to stroke her as she lazed around as cats do. On every occasion the dog never paid Maisie any attention until something triggered it into attacking the feline three days ago.

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"Maisie just loved attention," Linda said. "She wasn't scared of dogs as she was brought up with dogs. She always spent her time on my garden wall or sitting under or on the public bench. I took the very sad decision to let her sleep as her injuries where just too bad for my poor little girl."

Linda said her whole family is distraught but so is the woman whose dog attacked Maisie. She added: "Obviously we are so distraught about how her precious life ended. The lady involved had sat many a times with Maisie and her little boy. Her dog had never shown any aggression towards Maisie so she was not worried but something that day triggered him.

"She tried to get her dog off Maisie though people said she didn't. The state of her arms tells me she tried hard. She's in pieces as she loved Maisie as much as anyone else it's just a very tragic incident."

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Maisie the 14-year-old Helston cat that had to be put down after being attacked by a dog
Maisie the 14-year-old Helston cat that had to be put down after being attacked by a dog -Credit:Linda Jenkin

Linda posted a message on the Helston public Facebook page, which has about 22,000 members, after she received dozens of messages of love and support. She said the community had been so supportive she had drawings of Maisie pushed through her letters box, flowers and even offers of money.

The bench where Maisie spent so many hours has also been turned into a shrine with flowers and kind messages being laid on and around it.

Linda said she doesn't want anyone to make the dog owner feels worse than she does as she has already received hate messages. She added: "I have found the lady involved she has apologised and is distraught herself. I have voiced my concern to her about how dangerous her dog is especially after now she's destroyed my girl."

The shrine to Maisie the cat which has been created at the bench where she often slept on in Helston. It was set up after Maisie was fatally wounded by a dog
The shrine to Maisie the cat which has been created at the bench where she often slept on in Helston. It was set up after Maisie was fatally wounded by a dog -Credit:Linda Jenkin

She added: "She did walk away but only because her son was so upset and she was injured herself and thought it best to remove the dog as people where trying to grab Maisie and having the dog there would stress Maisie out. So I do think she did the right thing.

"She made contact, we've met up, both cried about it. There's no need to say anything to the lady involved as I'm sure she feels pretty bad. I've forgiven her I don't blame her so I'd like everyone else to do same."

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Linda, whose dog also died last year, said that while she had forgiven the dog owner she asked others to be wary that even the most gentle of pooches can suddenly turn. She said: "You may not think your dog will snap but this just proves they can and will."