Search

Young Harold Hill girls hear dog rip pet cat ‘to pieces’

07:00 25 July 2014

Izzie the cat. Picture: Joanne Edwards

Izzie the cat. Picture: Joanne Edwards

Archant

Two young girls heard a large dog rip their beloved cat “to pieces”, a distraught mother has said.

Family pet Izzie was sitting on mum Joanne Edwards’ doorstep in Sedgefield Crescent, Harold Hill, when it was approached by an unleashed, tanned 
lurcher.

“It picked up our cat in its mouth and walked to the front gate. We saw Izzie’s tail hanging out of its mouth. Within two minutes it ripped its insides out,” the 38-year-old said.

Her daughters Neve, two, and Brooke, 12, were on the doorstep when the mottled brown, black and white cat, was snatched earlier this month.

Miss Edwards managed to get the girls inside the house, so they did not see the attack on their two-year-old feline but they did hear what happened.

“They are so upset and tearful. They miss their pet,” she said.

The mum said the incident did not appear to bother the dog’s owner at all, 
although he should have kept the animal on a lead.

“The dog should be looked into as it’s dangerous and he didn’t seem to be a responsible owner,” she said.

“It’s got a taste for blood. It must have been trained to hunt, but the owner walked off and said, ‘I will buy you another one’. He took no 
responsibility at all.”

The cat’s killing is the latest incident in a spate of attacks on animals and 
humans by poorly controlled dogs in the area. Last month, three men were sentenced for possessing a “fighting dog” that was shot dead after it dragged a minicab driver along the street by his leg in Chelmsford Avenue, Collier Row.

That week, dog minder Edwin Day, 73, of Globe Road, Hornchurch, called for police action after two dogs he was looking after separately attacked neighbouring animals.

He said that a vet described one neck wound as an “attempt to finish off” another dog.

Read more:

Havering residents raise fears of ‘trophy dogs’ after attacks

Romford owners of “emaciated” spaniel banned from keeping dogs

Pit bull shot dead after mauling taxi driver in Collier Row street

Latest Romford News Stories

43 minutes ago
Artist's impression of Romford leisure centre

The design for Romford’s new leisure centre will be “futuristic”, according to the chairman of a design company.

07:00
General view of the Home Office building in Westminster, central London, where the inquiry was initiated. Credit: PA images

People with a link to a children’s home, where dozens of young people were sexually abused, have been asked to come forward to take part in an inquiry.

Yesterday, 17:12
The 'Pride' sign which was passed among colleagues across several of the Trust’s wards and departments

Staff at both Queen’s and King George Hospital have banded together to celebrate their colleagues from Europe and across the world.

Yesterday, 13:04
The man pictured in Romford on Saturday with a t-shirt which read,

A man pictured wearing a T-shirt that read “Yes we won! Now send them back” has been lambasted by people across the country.

Yesterday, 10:43
Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

The fate of a historic bingo hall should be sealed this week as a planning application to tear down the building has been recommended for approval.

Yesterday, 07:00
Joni-Mai Stevens with the bracelets made by her class mates as a charity fundraiser

A community group launched in memory of a little girl who died of a rare bone cancer has become an official charity.

Mon, 16:42
A white van crashed into the Modern Medical Centre on Rush Green Road this afternoon. The surgery is now closed. Credit: Becky Kirby

Police have been called after a van crashed into a medical centre.

Mon, 16:16
Essex Police crest Picture: PA ARCHIVE IMAGES/Ian Nicholson

A Romford man has been charged in connection with Essex Police’s Summer Anti-Drink and Drug Driving campaign at the weekend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe