The devastated owners of a cat which was killed after being attacked by a dog in a Weoley Castle street are hoping someone will identify the dog and owner to the RSPCA.
Rika, 16, was fatally injured when he was attacked at around 11.45pm on Monday 6th August in Gregory Avenue.
Eye witnesses to the incident described two young women with a pushchair, walking with two dogs off the lead.
One of the dogs – described as possibly a Dogue de Bordeaux – attacked Rika. Witnesses said that, after eventually calling off the dog from a distance, the two women left, without checking on the injured cat.
Passersby immediately called the RSPCA and sat with Rika until help arrived. Sadly, despite receiving emergency treatment, RSPCA vets were unable to save him.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “We did receive reports from a concerned member of the public that a cat which had been attacked by two dogs on Monday night. An RSPCA inspector quickly attended the scene and took the badly injured cat to Birmingham Animal Hospital where the animal received emergency treatment.”
The spokesman appealed for dog owners to keep their dogs under control at all times. He said: “The dogs have not been traced but this terrible incident could have been avoided had the dogs’ owners been responsible and kept their pets on a lead.
“We ask that dog owners be aware that there may be other animals present in the area when walking their dog and to keep their dog under control at all times.”
Dog owners have a legal responsibility under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to keep their pet under control in a public place. Local legislation (Dogs on Leads Order 2017) also directs that all dogs should be kept on a lead on public roads, footways and verges.
If you have any information on the identity of the dog that attacked Rika and its owner, please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018
Gregory Ave photo: © snappersk