Sussex Police are investigating a very distressing incident that occurred at a care home in Crowborough this week.
A pet cat was mauled by a dog and subsequently had to be put to sleep because of the severity of its injuries.
On Monday (3rd January) at around 1.20pm, a young woman was walking two dogs across the private grounds of High Broom Care Home. One of the dogs entered the house in the grounds, where the staff member lives, and attacked the sleeping cat. The vet who treated the pet said the cat had some of the worst injuries they had ever seen. The cat’s owner witnessed the vicious attack and is understandable distraught by the whole experience.
The two dogs have been described as “light-coloured” English Bull Terriers. Only one of the dogs, that was off the lead, carried-out the attack. After the incident the woman gave her telephone number, but is no longer answering calls. As a result the matter has been reported to Sussex Police, and officers would like help with their enquiries.
High Brooms Care Home is located at the end of Alice Bright Lane.
The manager of the care home would like to inform any dog walkers, who walk their dog on their land, to refrain from doing so. The grounds of High Broom Care Home are private property.
Cats Protection, who are based nearby at Chelwood Gate, have previously said there is some confusion about the law relating to dog attacks on cats and they would like to see the introduction of a specific offence. However the Government’s website makes it clear police forces can prosecute when a dog is considered dangerously out of control. This law applies to all breeds of dog, and the person can be fined or be sent to prison.