A dog which attacked a cat and bit a woman has been destroyed - and another dog has been removed from its owners’ care, say police.
The attacks happened on Friday (September 13) at Regents Close in Broadfield. Lorna Abramson had just come home at around 1pm when a neighbour knocked at the door holding her ginger tom Oliver.
He had been attacked by a Staffordshire terrier as he slept under a bush.
Lorna, 53, said: “I hadn’t been in a long time when [neighbour] Dianne was frantically knocking on the door. She had Oliver in her arms. My first thought was that it was a car, but she said he’d been savaged by a dog. I started screaming for help.”
They took him to a vets in Three Bridges. Lorna said: “He had a punctured left lung. Because he was injured so badly they couldn’t x-ray but they said he probably had internal injuries.
“I asked the nurse what his chances were and she said, ‘It’s not good’. Then we made the decision it was the kindest thing to put him down.
“I was holding him and he actually starting purring. The nurse said, ‘He knows you’re there’. It’s just been a nightmare for everyone.”
Lorna and her husband Ken had Oliver since December 1999 when he turned up on their doorstep mewing. Lorna said: “He was so affectionate, he loved the schoolchildren. They will miss him.”
Police said a residents tried to scare off the dog but it went further along Regents Close and attacked a Jack Russell dog and a woman.
The woman, who received a cut to her eyebrow, said: “The dog just came running towards me. I grabbed Danny (the Jack Russell puppy) and it grabbed him by the neck. Then it let go of Danny and lunged again and bit me.”
A police spokesman said: “The Staffordshire terrier was found at an address on Regents Close and the owner handed the dog over to be destroyed. The RSPCA also attended and seized a female Staffordshire terrier and will be making regular visit to check on the welfare of a third dog, also a Staffordshire terrier. The owners will attend an interview with the response investigation team at Crawley Police station.”
Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101.