HELPLESS mum Leah Thompson watched on as her family’s cat Jasper was savaged by two dogs on the doorstep of her Kingsway home.
The mum-of-four fears a small child on Kingsway could be the next victim of the two Staffordshire bull terriers if they are not caught soon.
Her eight-year-old cat was killed within minutes after the attack on Monday afternoon at around 3.30pm.
“Jasper was out in the front garden and me and the kids were in the living room and I heard this awful noise,” said Leah. “When I went out I saw the dog with my cat up against the wall.
“I had to shut the door because the kids were in the house and I screamed at the man to control his dogs but he had no sooner got one dog off that the other one moved in and was tearing him apart.
“Jasper was dead in two minutes. He was absolutely twisted by them. These dogs were no ordinary Staffies, they looked like they were on steroids – they were huge beasts.”
Leah’s eight-year-old daughter Keshaya has written a heart-breaking letter to Jasper who she describes as having gone to ‘cat heaven’ – and sends the family’s love to him.
But Leah fears that any one of her children – Luther, 16, Aliyas, 13, Keshaya, or baby Reuben, 16 weeks olds, could be targeted in the park or on the street – and she fears that other parents and animal owners might be under threat too.
She said: “You hear about these awful incidents all the time in the news where dogs have attacked children .
“I know that this is not the first time for it to happen in Kingsway either. One neighbour has seen this guy hanging around with his dogs. Her cat was hurt and she got a £300 bill from the vets.”
The man has been described as being in his mid-30s, white and was wearing a hoodie at the time. One of the dogs was grey and the other was brown.
Leah has lived in Kingsway for two and a half years but she has only noticed the man in the last few weeks.
Gloucestershire Police said yesterday that they were investigating the attack. A spokesman said: “Dogs attacking other animals and humans can constitute the offence of a dangerous dog out of control and that is a criminal offence.
“We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen these dogs and their owner.”
Police have revealed that they are seizing dangerous dogs at a rate of one per month in Gloucestershire.
In 2013, 12 dogs identified as being of a banned breed were snared by officers, with all but three destroyed.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed seven dogs were seized in Gloucester, three in Cheltenham and two in Stroud.
Helen Szuluk, who helps rescue and rehome dogs in the Forest of Dean, said: “We get a lot of calls from people with dogs that are just out of control, so the number doesn’t surprise me that much, but it does sadden me.”
Anyone with information about the attack in Kingsway is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 274 of January 6.