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Helpless mum-of-four Leah Thompson watched family cat dragged to its death

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

  • Keshaya Thompson, 8, mourns for her cat Jasper

  • Jasper shortly before his death

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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.

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  • Sheppy11  |  January 12 2014, 11:23PM

    Lets get the facts straight! These incidents occur all over the country and it is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure their animal is kept on a lead, inside a house or in a fenced garden. If i go for a walk along the tow path i am sick of dogs jumping up at me and constantly treading in dog s!!!. Why anybody would have a dog from this breed beats me! I understand the majority of owners are responsible but once again we also have the scum of society on our doorstep no matter where you live.

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  • Hadagmaja  |  January 11 2014, 11:40PM

    There was something on facebook last week about someone who had reported some puppies which the lady had advertised as being Irish Staffies. Never hearing of such a breed I googled it, there is no breed and police consider it to be code for pit bulls. Someone pointed this out to her and all hell kicked off about Staffies being nanny dogs and therefore not dangeous. There are more deaths or serious injuries to children in the UK by staffies than any other dog. I have a retriever and would never leave him alone with my kids. Hope they catch the owner of these clearly vicious two animals! Source UKANDSPAIN.COM/dangerous-dogs

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 11 2014, 1:35PM

    Trying to blame Kingsway is foolish. This can happen anywhere, including packs of fox hounds killing pets in 'nice' rural areas.

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  • ladygray  |  January 11 2014, 10:34AM

    Jemmywood, stop trying to steal the limelight, I did not mean you!!

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  • C_Freak  |  January 11 2014, 10:09AM

    Oooo!! . Ark at thee!!! Get over yerself lady! "If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings―nor lose the common touch," . . . . . . Rudyard Kipling

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 11 2014, 10:07AM

    Ladygray, I'm confused.... as I am obviously illiterate as you stated below, how am I able to read your post in the first place and then... shock horror... type a reply?

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  • ladygray  |  January 11 2014, 9:46AM

    So many illiterate people commenting on here. There obviously is a problem in Kingsway that needs looking in to. Everyday there is something in the news regarding crime in the area.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 11 2014, 8:50AM

    This story is about a person that needs to be caught, the dogs need to be destroyed and the owner then put before the courts.

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  • C_Freak  |  January 11 2014, 8:23AM

    You just ain't lived long enough yet maty. Iss the same everywhere now, and just getting worse. Touched a nerve as I? What be the doing? Ketamine er mephedrone? Theym aw legal.

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  • freeumind  |  January 10 2014, 10:15PM

    Well, Ive lived here 7 years and not had any problems whatsoever. On such a large estate its likely there will be pockets of such incidents or ASB. Don't believe everything you read regards the estate. What nonsense C freak writes 'They unleashed all this when they started promoting Free-Expression and scrapped Corporal Punishment in schools back in the the 70's and 1980's. Now it's all drug fueled and they don't know how to stop it'. So do you (C FreaK) advocate everyone to listen to a government's propaganda and lies instead of freedom of speech and for that matter question these awful politicians? The incident sounds like a irresponsible dog owner who really needs to take some responsibility for the dogs and keep them on a lead if/when necessary rather than Kingsway becoming a sink hole estate.

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