Panic set in among residents after a dog attack ‘terrified’ a pensioner and killed her neighbour’s cat.
It happened in Northfield Square in White City at around 8.20am on Saturday and involved two Rottweilers and a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Witnesses said the animals were roaming around without an owner in sight.
The dogs killed beloved cat Honey and scared an elderly woman in what has been described as a “silent” attack.
Joyce Young, 89, was putting her rubbish out when they came after her. She was just able to keep the dogs out of her house with her walking stick.
Following the frightening episode, the dogs fled into the estate.
Despite police searches in the area they have not been seen since. The owners have not yet been found.
Joyce said: “I was terrified, absolutely shivering.
“If the dogs had got into my house I would have had no chance against them. It’s really irresponsible that the owners have let their dogs out like this.”
Neighbour Jo Webbley said: “There are usually children who play on the grass outside the houses. If there were any out on Saturday they might have been killed.”
Magdalena Medynska, owner of rescue cat Honey, was also confronted by the dogs but was shielded by her garden gate. She said: “When I reached Honey’s body, she was lying in an unnatural position.
“She was already dead. I was so upset.
“There are a lot of elderly residents here and for the owner to leave that type of dog unattended is irresponsible. They should be prosecuted.”
Gloucestershire police Inspector Joseph Tierny said: “I would appeal to all dog owners to ensure that their dog behaves responsibly and that they are not a threat to the public and other pets.”