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Cat savaged to death by dogs in Kirkby

Police are searching for two men after a cat was savaged to death at a Merseyside industrial estate.

The pair were seen kicking the animal on CCTV. Police said they had also set their four dogs on the cat.

The attack happened at Freegal Tiles, off South Boundary Road in Kirkby, at about 1500 GMT on Sunday.

The dogs are believed to have been a Jack Russell, a lurcher or greyhound, a Staffordshire bull terrier and an Airedale terrier.

The men were described as being in their 20s and wearing dark anoraks, scarves and hats.

'Poor defenceless animal'

Alf White took in the cat, which he named Touch, after it arrived at his business five years ago.

"She was brilliant," he said. "Five years we have had her. She never scratched me, never hissed at me."

When Touch went missing, Mr White looked through CCTV footage and he saw the attack.

"After half an hour we saw these things coming in the gate with the dogs," he said.

"How you could do that to a poor little defenceless animal I don't know.

"They probably thought 'it's only a little stray cat, no-one will do anything about that'."

Merseyside Police and the RSPCA have started a joint investigation into the attack.

Ch Insp Kevin Wellens said: "This was a particularly nasty attack on a defenceless cat by four dogs and we ask anyone with any information about this incident to call us so we can take action against the offenders."

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