7:30 a.m. September 28, 2022
The owner of a cat attacked and killed by two dogs while lying in his garden has appealed to other pet owners to try to avoid further tragedy.
Ruby, 11, was attacked in her front garden at Carlford Close, Martlesham on Tuesday August 23.
The incident was reported to police who launched an investigation asking for information, including a description of the owner of the dog.
In an update, a police spokesperson said: ‘All reasonable inquiries have been made and exhausted with no new leads established – the case will be closed pending any new information identifying a suspect.
Ruby’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, said she “cares a lot about owners of cats and small dogs”.
The Martlesham resident remembers every moment of the day Ruby was attacked.
She said: “While Ruby was sleeping outside due to the fairly hot weather, I heard my neighbor calling for someone to check on his dog.
“I looked out the window and could see Ruby being attacked by two dogs. She tried to fight them off.
“I came downstairs and saw a man walking away and his dog carrying my cat in his jaws. It was a horrible, horrible thing to see.
“I found Ruby abandoned on the side of a road. “Unfortunately, she passed away.”
The lady adopted Ruby two years ago from a rescue center and said her ‘lovely companion’ went through a lot before finally finding a loving home.
Ruby’s owner said: “She was a very happy little cat and she settled in very quickly.
“I will remember her as a very beautiful companion. She was very independent, with a great personality.
“Ruby was my brave little girl.
“I feel very sad talking about her. It’s not just me that she misses. All the kids in the neighborhood loved her too.
“The house is not the same without it.”
The lady said similar incidents can be avoided if dog owners, especially those with larger pets, keep them on a leash and hold them firmly as they pass by gardens and gates.
She said: “The distress of seeing one animal attack another is not something you can easily ignore.
“Dog owners need to be very careful and attentive to their dogs to avoid tragedies like this.”