A SAVAGE dog attack has seen a ‘popular’ cat forced to have its leg amputated.
Marmalade, a nine-year-old ginger tabby tom cat, was minding its own business outside its owners home in Horninglow when its life was turned upside down.
As a Staffordshire Bull Terrier was being walked nearby by its owner, the dog attacked the cat without provocation.
Despite desperate attempts by the Marmalade’s owner and vets to save his leg, the decision was taken that it had to be removed.
Owner Andy Richardson described the ‘horrifying’ incident to the Mail.
He said: “Horninglow’s popular feline resident, Marmalade, a nine-year-old ginger tabby tom cat was recently attacked by a dog and has now lost a leg through his injuries.
“Minding his own business and quietly grooming in his own front garden in the sunshine, a man and his dog walked past when the dog decided the cat was its dinner.
“Marmalade, now middle aged and not quite as quick off the mark as he used to be, was a bit slow in escaping.
“This resulted in the dog managing to grab Marmalade’s leg and locking on.
“The dog owner stressed he was pulled by the dog on the leash down the drive before the attack ensued, he tried to release its mouth from Marmalade.”
In the aftermath, the cat could not be found and his owners feared for the worse until he showed up injured.
Mr Richardson said: “Marmalade then disappeared for two nights until finally appearing, through hunger, in a neighbour’s garden.
“He looked very worse for wear and his hind leg was hanging off and was clearly in tatters.
“Unfortunately the leg could not be saved and it has now, consequently , had to be removed.
“I would like to offer many thanks to the neighbour who found him and to the kind service of Easipet vet care in Burton.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “People should have control of their dogs in a public place and if you have a dog that is trained to attack and chase small animals then, as a responsible pet owner, you should have that dog on a lead at all times.”