A CAT rescue service has issued a warning after seeing a rise in the number of kittens being treated for wounds suffered after being forced to fight with dogs.
Della Spalding, of Kali Cats in Swadlincote, contacted the Mail after noticing a sharp increase in animals being taken in by herself that have been seriously injured after being forced to battle with canines.
She is now urging people looking to part with their cats or kittens to be ‘extra careful’ about where the animals are being re-homed.
She told the Mail: “I felt I had to speak out as the number of cases is now starting to rise.
“Only the other day I was called to get a kitten (pictured) that had been used as dog bait during a fight with the animal.
“It was in really bad shape but I am pleased to say that it has now made a full recovery.
“I have also had cats that have reportedly been forced to fight with dogs.”
Ms Spalding said that the proliferation of online free sites such as Gumtree and internet forums have allowed people of an ‘unscrupulous nature’ to get their hands on unwanted pets.
She added: “It is now so easy to get hold of most animals online, not just cats, and often for free.
“What I am asking is that people who want to get rid of their animals just try and be extra careful how they do it.
“We need to try to make sure that cats and the like are not just ending up as bait for other animals or being used in horrific fights.
“This is an increasing problem that hopefully can be quickly stopped.”
There have been no reported incidents of cats being used for bait during dog fights in Burton and South Derbyshire.
However, anyone who has information on this issue is urged to call Derbyshire or Staffordshire Police on 101.
Anyone who would like to contact Ms Spalding about a cat related problem should call 07584 417197.