Northfleet mum blames 'yobs' for attacks on family cat
PUBLISHED: 16:54 06 October 2010
Yobs as young as nine are suspected of carrying out a horrific attack on a cat which suffered a broken leg and puncture wounds.
Devastated Sasha Bell, 29, of Harden Road, Northfleet, has taken Cleo, one, for several veterinary check-ups since the recent attack and fears yobs terrorising pets on the estate will kill her next time.
On Monday she visited the PDSA PetAid hospital in Gilligham to have Cleo’s bandages removed, stitches checked and a wider protective collar placed around her neck.
The mother-of-two said: “The situation has become horrendous they are simply torturing defenceless pets for fun. I was absolutely heartbroken.
“How do you explain what these kids have done to my two young children?
“Cleo suffered a serious break in her leg, a broken paw, her back was bleeding from what appeared to be a puncture or stab wound. They snapped her leg and left her for dead.
“This is not the first time. A couple of months ago my son and niece saw the kids swinging a cat around in the air. The cat was found dead after that. The kids that hang around in the back alleyway are teenagers but some are about nine or 10-years-old. It is hideous what they are doing.”
Miss Bell said her children were horrified by the attack which happened last Saturday.
In months leading up to the incident she claims yobs had tried to enter gardens to feed her cat rotten meat and how she was forced to move three ferrets she kept in her garden to her sisters.
She added: “They have tried to break our windows and when they see a cat they think it is a laugh to torture them. I used to keep ferrets in the garden because I have hand reared them for years but I have know been forced to give them away to my sister as it is no longer safe for them.”
Ms Bell, who has lived in the road for nine years, says it has only been the last few months that she has noticed the problem spiralling out of control.
She claims gangs of up to 10 are regularly seen chasing and harassing cats.
Describing the moment Cleo went missing, she added: “Cleo had been out for a while and had not returned. Knowing what had gone on before my instincts told me something was not right.
“I took the kids and we went out looking and shouting for her but heard nothing over the weekend.”
It was not until the Monday when Cleo was spotted dragging herself along the floor as she made her way home and spent thee nights staying at the hospital and must return again this Monday.
Miss Bell added: “The PDSA has been brilliant. The staff don’t charge for treatment but ask for a donation. I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”
PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, Helen Armstrong, added: “Cleo the cat was brought in with a broken leg and other superficial wounds.
“It is very difficult to establish the exact cause of her injuries. For more information on the charity or to make a donation visit www.pdsa.org.uk.