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    Couple let dog maul cat to death in front of children

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 23 April 2013
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    A couple who have a strong Japanese Akita dog set it loose when they saw a cat. Unfortunately the dog ripped into the cat and tore it up as school children were waiting to be picked up by their parents.

    The couple were walking their dog outside a school when they spotted a cat. After seeing the cat they released the dog from its leash which went straight for the cat’s neck and locked it between its jaws killing it. This happened all the while as parents were picking up their children from King’s Ford Junior School in Colchester, Essex.

    Unfortunately after the attack, the couple put the dog back on the lead and walked off without requesting veterinary care for the cat.

    The cat, named Rambo was 15 years old and at that age old and vulnerable.

    School children and parents looked on horified but thankfully reported the incident to the police and the RSPCA.

    After appearing at Colchester Magistrates Court, the man and his wife pleaded guilty to unnecessary suffering to a cat, inciting a to dog attack and also to having a dangerous dog. As a result of their actions, the couple have been sentenced to 160 hours of community service. Furthermore from now on, while their dog is out in public, it will have to be muzzled and kept on a short lead.

    The couple were also ordered to pay £75 compensation to the owners of the cat and also £1,613 in prosecution costs to the court.

    A RSPCA spokesperson said that ‘This was an appalling and horrendous attack.

    ‘The Johnsons deliberately let their dog off the lead and encouraged her to attack the cat. And to do this in front of a group of schoolchildren is unbelievably callous and irresponsible.’

    A parent whose 8 year old son witnessed the attack said that ‘There were a lot of children coming out of the school at the time and they all saw it. My son was so shocked.

    ‘I am glad they were prosecuted – there are a lot of bad dog owners who terrorise cats and sometimes small children, scaring them.

    ‘I hope this sends a message to other dog owners.’

    The Akita dog orginates from the northern regions of Japan. They are known to be a strong, independent and dominant breed that can be aggressive to the public but affectionate with family members. It is said that they were originally bred to attack bears.

     

     

    Source: Daily Mail

    Photo: Alden Chadwick

     

     

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