Heartbroken Worksop pet owner's warning after cat killed in suspected 'spate of attacks' on animals
A heartbroken Worksop woman has sounded a warning to fellow pet owners after her beloved cat was brutally killed in what is believed to be a spate of gang attacks on animals in the town.
Much-loved moggie Diesel was found dead after being ‘set upon by a gang of youths with dogs’ off Stubbing Lane in the early hours of Sunday, May 30.
His devastated owner, Krystal Gresh, said the poor animal suffered blunt force trauma, a broken jaw and other horrific injuries before being thrown into a stream.
Appeals have been launched after similar attacks on cats by on Low Town Street and Heartlands Road.
"Diesel was a rescue cat,” said Krystal, “I wanted to give him a chance of a good life, and I am so sad that he had a bad beginning and a horrible end that he didn’t deserve.
"I rescued Diesel as a kitten along with his brother, who is now completely lost and barely eating.”
Outlining the circumstances behind the attack, Krystal said that Diesel was let out into the garden at 1am that morning.
He did not usually venture onto the main road but, later that morning, he did not return as normal.
“Neighbours reported hearing a disturbance shortly after Diesel was let out,” said Krystal.
“They looked outside and there were five youths altogether, and two of them were in their garden.
”They could hear them dragging something, and there was a lot of commotion and shouting.
"They could later be seen looking into the stream that leads to the River Ryton with torches.
"For me, it’s the cruelty of it. If he’d been accidentally hit by a car, that’s something you can come to terms with.
"But it’s difficult to accept that this was a targeted attack. He was friendly, gentle and frightened of stangers and dogs, so would have done nothing to provoke anyone.
"They were obvious signs these lads were down the bottom of Stubbing Lane and the rugby club area, ultimately killing any innocent animal they came across including our handsome boy.”
An appeal shared on social media by Krystal warning people to be vigilant and check their CCTV for anything that might help identify the alleged offenders has been inundated with more than 500 messages of support and received over 1,500 shares.
Marie-Louise Denham commented: “As a cat lover, I cannot believe that these sick people actually do this.
"I cannot imagine how you are feeling. I cried when I read your post. Devastated for you.”
Vets4Pets Worksop have also put out a warning: “We have had a couple of unfortunate reportings of cats being brutally attacked by groups of people resulting in death around the rugby club area.
“Please be very wary of where your pets are and keep indoors if you feel necessary.
“These people may be moving to different areas around Worksop so please be vigilant.”
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “This must have been very distressing for the cat’s owner and worrying for other pet owners in the area.
"We would encourage any witnesses with specific evidence to make a report directly to the police.
"To report concerns about the welfare of an animal, please contact the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999.”