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Police to probe pet cat ‘lamping’ death

A FAMILY cat has been mauled to death by a dog in what is believed to be a ‘lamping’ attack.

Found dead: It’s believed Tiger was killed in a lamping attack

By Lucy Grosvenor

Gary Dawson’s beloved cat, Tiger, went missing from her Burnmoor Avenue home in Mirehouse on Saturday, February 1.

She was found dead four days later by the Mirehouse cycle track, with bites along her stomach. It has been confirmed by the police that she was attacked by at least one dog, but it could have been more.

The RSPCA is investigating and believes Tiger’s death was a result of lamping – a practice that involves people going out with dogs and torches to shine the light into the eyes of small animals. When the animals are momentarily stunned, the dogs attack.

Gary’s daughter, Rosie, spoke to The Whitehaven News.

She said: “Tiger was an outdoorsy cat so when she didn’t come back straight away we weren’t too worried.

“After the weekend, we started to ask around, we heard that a number of other cats in the area had gone missing and been found dead.”

The family were then informed that Tiger had been found dead.

Rosie said: “This a sickening thing to have happened, I can’t imagine what torture she must have gone through.

“She was bought for my dad who lives on his own, she was part of the family.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Reece Watt on 101.

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