Cleo the cat: Amos Price wanted over Pelsall animal attack

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image captionPolice want to speak to Amos Price after a cat was mauled to death

A man suspected of encouraging his dog to maul and kill a cat in its owner's garden has been identified by police.

Amos Price, 30, has been linked to the death of eight-year-old Cleo, who was attacked in Walsall, West Midlands, on 23 October.

CCTV shows a man open a garden gate before releasing his dog, which savaged the cat outside her home in Woodlands Crescent, Pelsall.

Officers have appealed for information about Price's whereabouts.

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image captionGary Truefitt said it was "awful" to think of his pet being killed by the dog

Cleo's owner, Gary Truefitt, became suspicious when the eight-year-old cat did not come back inside, prompting him to check his cameras.

"Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me," he said.

Chief Supt Andy Parsons, from West Midlands Police, described the attack as "a horrifying act of cruelty which has left us utterly disgusted".

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image captionThe man was seen releasing his dog to carry out the fatal attack before running away

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