Cat dies in Middlesbrough after 'man set dog on it'

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The cat was found injured in a wood on Sedgemoor Road

A cat has died after appearing to have had a dog let loose on it in a Middlesbrough wood.

A man was heard shouting "kill it, kill it" before being seen wiping blood away from his dog's mouth as he left the wood in Banksfield at about 08:30 BST on Sunday.

A concerned member of the public then found the injured male cat. It died while being examined by a vet.

The RSPCA said the cat's wounds were consistent with an attack by a dog.

RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson said the man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, was also with four of five young men each with a dog on a lead.

She said: "The older male was looking around and telling the younger males to 'shush'.

"As it was early, there is a possibility that they were camping overnight in the woods."

The RSPCA is appealing for information.

The man was wearing a brown khaki farmer-style coat and his dog is described as being a bull lurcher-type similar in size to a greyhound but stockier.

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