Horror as pet cat killed in attack

Kathryn Pygott from Airedale, Castleford. Her cat was killed by dogs that were let off thier leads specifically to attack the cat. Pictured with her children, Phoebe and Phoenix.'p8331b214
Kathryn Pygott from Airedale, Castleford. Her cat was killed by dogs that were let off thier leads specifically to attack the cat. Pictured with her children, Phoebe and Phoenix.'p8331b214
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HORRIFIED Kathryn Pygott spoke of her shock after vicious thugs goaded their dogs to kill her cat before stamping on its face.

The 28-year-old, of Airedale, said her five-year-old twins Phoebe and Phoenix had been left “distraught” after their pet Buzz was mauled to death by a pair of dogs during a savage attack.

Kathryn, of The Mount, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. I don’t understand how anyone could do this. “We’ve had Buzz since he was a kitten – we brought him so our children could grow up with him.

“Our little girl cried herself to sleep on Sunday night, she was absolutely distraught. We hope the police catch whoever did it.”

Witnesses described how the two men let their Staffordshire terriers off their leads and set them on the two-year-old ginger and white cat at around 5.45pm last Saturday.

One of the men was then spotted kicking Buzz in the head.

Kathryn said: “The first we knew of what happened was when we got home and some children in the street came and asked us what our cat looked like.

“When they told us what had happened we couldn’t believe it. We felt sick.

“They said the men took their dogs off their leads and set them on Buzz. He was just crossing the street – he wasn’t causing anyone any harm.

“I just don’t understand how someone could do this to a poor defenceless creature. It’s also worries me that the dogs could have gone for a child.

“Something needs to be done before anything else happens and I hope anyone with information comes forward.”

Officers from Castleford neighbourhood policing team are investigating the attack and are working with colleagues from the RSPCA. The men are described as having two dogs – one grey and one brown.

PC John Marsh, investigating officer, said: “This was a totally unjustified and sick thing to do – and it appears to have been just for fun.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.