Leanne Blackwood’s youngest daughter, Misha, is distressed by the death of the family’s cat, Casper.
Leanne Blackwood’s youngest daughter, Misha, is distressed by the death of the family’s cat, Casper.

Brutal mauling of family pet

A DEVASTATED Maryborough family hopes the community will come forward with information to help track down two dogs that mauled their 18-month-old ragdoll cat to death at the weekend.

Leanne Blackwood said her 16-year-old son woke to the sound of dogs snarling and their cat, Casper, “crying out” in pain at 4.45am Sunday.

But by the time her son scared the dogs off, it was too late.

“(Casper) was badly injured ... there was blood everywhere. He died in my arms before I could get him to a vet,” Ms Blackwood said.

“He was an inside cat but that night we accidentally left him out.

“We think he was sitting on the front veranda when the dogs came into our yard and then they bailed him up.

“Because he was an inside cat he didn’t really know how to jump fences ... he was an easy target.”

The dogs – described as medium to large mixed breeds, both black and brown in colour – were last seen running from Ms Blackwood’s Amity Street home towards Walker Street.

Ms Blackwood said the family hoped people living in the nearby area might be able to help the Fraser Coast Regional Council find the dogs responsible.

“We’re worried these dogs probably have the taste for blood now. They might go for small children.”

Andy Gaze, Fraser Coast council’s executive manager of environmental health and regulation, said compliance officers had been unable to track the two dogs down despite regular patrols in the area.

He said if it was proven a dog had killed a cat it could – depending on the circumstances – be determined either menacing or dangerous and be subject to strict controls.

“There is also potential for large fines in these circumstances.”



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