Out-of-control dog kills cat and then attacks another
A FAMILY are devastated after their beloved cat was savaged to death by an out-of-control dog.
The tan-coloured terrier was in Gloucestershire on holiday with its owners when it carried out the hour-long attack on 19-year-old Hobo in Milkwall, near Coleford, leaving a family in mourning.
Hobo, a family pet to the Freeman-Jones family, including 11-year-old Francesca, tried to escape the attack.
But Hobo died at the scene.
Police have since apologised to the family for failing to respond quick enough to the incident.
The attack happened on June 4, directly outside their house in Bramble Road.
Hobo's owner Charmaine Freeman-Jones said: "We were out at the time but my neighbour tried to help in vain.
"The dog was relentless in its attack, our poor cat just didn't have a chance.
"It was really sad, especially for the children. We had him before the children, so he was our baby before we had proper babies."
Charmaine, who has three children Francesca, 11, Fraser, eight and Rhys, seven with husband Derek, 40, said the dog then went on to attack a neighbour's pet.
The 38-year-old said: "Later the same day the dog returned to attack another neighbour's cat, called Ben but luckily his owner managed to catch the dog and her cat survived."
Mrs Freeman-Jones said she was also angry that nothing was done by the police or the RSPCA.
She said: "I am just exasperated by the police and the RSPCA really, I couldn't believe they wouldn't do anything.
"We had all the information they could have possibly needed and they wouldn't even make a house call to check if the dog was known for these type of attacks or would do it again."
The RSPCA was unable to comment on the case.
Chief Inspector Marcus Griffiths, of the force's contact centre, said: "In this case, the contact centre operator advised Mrs Belson to ring the council's dog warden as they believed the incident constituted a stray dog and not a dog being out of control.
"However, on reflection we do not feel enough questions were asked to determine if the dog was out of control and would like to apologise.
""We are now seeking to speak to Mrs Belson and Mrs Freeman-Jones in order to establish more details and decide if any criminal proceedings are necessary."