Horrified elderly man watches dogs maul cat in his garden in Epsom

The scene of the attack in Edward Lucraft's garden

The scene of the attack in Edward Lucraft's garden

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An 89-year-old man watched in horror as two large dogs cornered a terrified cat and ripped it apart in his garden.

Edward Lucraft, from Treadwell Road, Epsom, said he fears for his own safety after witnessing the brutal attack on Sunday, July 20.

Mr Lucraft said he was sitting indoors when two dogs suddenly flashed past him in his garden, on what appeared to be strong leads.

He said the white, fluffy dogs dragged a woman through his driveway, over a border and through small bushes in pursuit of a cat.

The pensioner said: "The cat had gone underneath a wheelbarrow. The two dogs had got there and were tearing away like mad."

Mr Lucraft rushed over and saw a "dying" cat with wounds on its side and a badly scratched face.

He said: "It had blood pouring from it. The thing looked absolutely terrified. It was dreadful. At this late age, to see a cat being mauled by two dogs was not very pleasant. I feel very sad."

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Bryan Barrington believes the victim was his missing cat

He said the woman kept hold of the leads and a called a man to the scene. He arrived with a cardboard box and they took the cat away. But Mr Lucraft, who often sits in his garden, remains shaken.

He said: "Suppose the lady brings those dogs past again. Have they a memory for where they trapped this cat and tasted blood?

"Would they want to pull in again? I feel vulnerable."

Mr Lucraft spotted a missing cat poster on a tree by his home and phoned its owner Bryan Barrington, who lives next door.

Mr Barrington said he believes his "sweet natured" cat, Jessie, was the victim of the attack and her fur was left at the scene.

He said: "I feel very sad because that cat has been with us 13 years and I feel angry at how her life ended.

"Her last memory of life was being mauled to death by two dogs in a garden."

Mr Barrington has contacted the police and wants the owner of the dogs to come forward. 

Surrey Police said they had been informed that two dogs killed a cat in Treadwell Road, Epsom, between noon and 1pm on Sunday, July 20. 

A spokesman said: "The offence does not fall under the Dangerous Dogs Act and at this stage no further criminal action will be taken.

"However officers are still making enquiries to trace the owner to speak to them about the incident and offer words of advice."

Mr Barrington wants anyone with more information to call him on 07525918135.

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8:20am Wed 30 Jul 14

rudedawg says...

Dogs will kill weak animals that is nature and how the majority of their evolution has programmed them before we domesticated them. The fact that the cat was old and disorientated (couldn't even find its way home next door) indicates it was vulnerable and would have succumbed to a fox soon anyway.
That said the dog owner should have them under control and the owner of the two dogs in question is a familiar sight in Roseberry Park and Ashley Road.
Dogs will kill weak animals that is nature and how the majority of their evolution has programmed them before we domesticated them. The fact that the cat was old and disorientated (couldn't even find its way home next door) indicates it was vulnerable and would have succumbed to a fox soon anyway. That said the dog owner should have them under control and the owner of the two dogs in question is a familiar sight in Roseberry Park and Ashley Road. rudedawg
  • Score: -7

7:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

markymarksurrey says...

rudedawg cold hearted Neanderthals like you are just unbelievable, your cold and inhuman response to this story and lack of empathy for the owner of the cat is that of either someone devoid of feeling or a sociopath. Your almost praising their behaviour, maybe they were your dogs? Either is something that makes you just as dangerous and worrying than those dogs. The cat was a someone's pet,someone loved it and it was a living breathing creature. Someone fed it every day and it was part of that persons life. Thse dogs destroyed it and the only action if they're caught is that they need to be destroyed. And Surrey police need to get of their backsides and find these dogs before they kill more animals or someone's child. Their respond is absolutely unbelievable and there lack of action is very disturbing.Why do we bother paying for a police force that does nothing. We may as well get a private security firms,they would at least make an effort to try and find these animals. Really what are the police for nowadays if all they say is "no further action" ? When the next animals or child turns up dead & ripped apart ill be at the front asking for their resignations.
rudedawg cold hearted Neanderthals like you are just unbelievable, your cold and inhuman response to this story and lack of empathy for the owner of the cat is that of either someone devoid of feeling or a sociopath. Your almost praising their behaviour, maybe they were your dogs? Either is something that makes you just as dangerous and worrying than those dogs. The cat was a someone's pet,someone loved it and it was a living breathing creature. Someone fed it every day and it was part of that persons life. Thse dogs destroyed it and the only action if they're caught is that they need to be destroyed. And Surrey police need to get of their backsides and find these dogs before they kill more animals or someone's child. Their respond is absolutely unbelievable and there lack of action is very disturbing.Why do we bother paying for a police force that does nothing. We may as well get a private security firms,they would at least make an effort to try and find these animals. Really what are the police for nowadays if all they say is "no further action" ? When the next animals or child turns up dead & ripped apart ill be at the front asking for their resignations. markymarksurrey
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1:41pm Thu 31 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

This is a crazy article.

1) "He said the white, fluffy dogs dragged a woman through his driveway, over a border and through small bushes in pursuit of a cat".

Were they poodles?

2) "Would they want to pull in again? I feel vulnerable".

He is afraid that he might be attached by these white, fluffy dogs because they attacked a cat? What, maybe they would mistake him for a cat?

3) "Mr Lucraft spotted a missing cat poster on a tree by his home and phoned its owner Bryan Barrington, who lives next door".

This reminds me of when you see comedy skits of two people speaking to each other on the phone only to suddenly realise that they are standing back to back.
This is a crazy article. 1) "He said the white, fluffy dogs dragged a woman through his driveway, over a border and through small bushes in pursuit of a cat". Were they poodles? 2) "Would they want to pull in again? I feel vulnerable". He is afraid that he might be attached by these white, fluffy dogs because they attacked a cat? What, maybe they would mistake him for a cat? 3) "Mr Lucraft spotted a missing cat poster on a tree by his home and phoned its owner Bryan Barrington, who lives next door". This reminds me of when you see comedy skits of two people speaking to each other on the phone only to suddenly realise that they are standing back to back. jswan1
  • Score: -1

2:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

becstar77 says...

Poor cat :( Poor owner. Poor guy who witnessed it.

It'll be a small child next, mark my words, and everyone will be up in arms asking why nothing was done earlier.
Poor cat :( Poor owner. Poor guy who witnessed it. It'll be a small child next, mark my words, and everyone will be up in arms asking why nothing was done earlier. becstar77
  • Score: -1

3:14pm Fri 1 Aug 14

sfocata says...

rudedawg - "would have succumbed to a fox soon"? Unlikely, seeing as foxes tend to steer well clear of cats (being generally a lot less aggressive). As you say, though, the fault lies with the owner of the dogs.

But overall, doesn't this seem a REALLY weird story? What happened to the cat? Doesn't the neighbour actually know? I mean, who was this "man" who took the cat away in a box? And why does the last picture look like a really poor Photoshop job?
rudedawg - "would have succumbed to a fox soon"? Unlikely, seeing as foxes tend to steer well clear of cats (being generally a lot less aggressive). As you say, though, the fault lies with the owner of the dogs. But overall, doesn't this seem a REALLY weird story? What happened to the cat? Doesn't the neighbour actually know? I mean, who was this "man" who took the cat away in a box? And why does the last picture look like a really poor Photoshop job? sfocata
  • Score: 1

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