Cat owner captures terror terrier pair

PUBLISHED: 12:20 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 19:48 01 June 2010

A WISBECH couple whose cat was savaged and killed by two terriers had to capture the dogs and take them to the police station themselves after waiting three hours for help. They say emergency help was not on offer after the attack, which has left them ang

A WISBECH couple whose cat was savaged and killed by two terriers had to capture the dogs and take them to the police station themselves after waiting three hours for help.

They say emergency help was not on offer after the attack, which has left them angry and distressed.

Their much-loved cat Narla was attacked on Saturday by the terriers which had escaped from a nearby property when the owner was out. Narla died immediately, despite attempts by a motorist to chase the dogs off with his van.

Cathleen Wenn, of Trafford Road said: "Three hours and five telephone calls later we were still outside with the dogs. I am not blaming the police but these things don't just happen between nine and five on a weekday when there is a dog warden around.

"She was such a dear, sweet old cat and she didn't stand a chance. The dogs were out to attack anything on four legs but if they had been dangerous to humans then probably someone would have come out."

Cathleen's husband Tony managed to catch the dogs and when help didn't arrive he decided to take them to Wisbech police station himself. The couple then had to bury Narla, who was the oldest of their nine cats.

Mrs Wenn said: "It was distressing enough without us having to take the dogs there ourselves. There should be some kind of emergency back-up service."

A Fenland District Council spokesman said an emergency back-up is already in place for weekends and out-of-office hours, which are Monday-Friday 8.45am-5.15pm.

Police have details of contract kennels which can be called out to deal with such situations. She said: "This was a very unfortunate incident but it is not a good idea for people to attempt to catch a dog themselves.

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