Dudley the catAn appeal for information has been launched, after claims members of the public in Cwmbran witnessed a man set his three dogs on a cat, who was killed by the incident.

RSPCA Cymru and Gwent Police are appealing for information, after the alleged incident took place on 3 July in the Fairwater area of the town.

It is claimed that a tall, thin white male, dressed entirely in black, was spotted setting three Jack Russell terrier dogs on a cat, in the Neyland Path area.

Gwent Police are also looking into the incident, amid claims the man deliberately set his dogs on the male cat, named Dudley.

It is an offence for an individual to commit an act which they know will cause a protected animal – like this cat – to suffer. Owners, or those responsible for a dog, are also legally responsible for keeping dogs under proper control in any place.

Annie Simmonds, RSPCA inspector, said: “We understand neighbours witnessed a tall white male, dressed all in black, set three dogs on a cat, in the Fairwater area of Cwmbran, leaving the cat dead.

“Our thoughts are with Dudley’s owners at this time, and we’re urging anyone in the local community with information to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

Francis Mullin, Dudley’s owner, said: “It’s such a sad incident, and we are devastated. We’re concerned that someone was deliberately prowling around the local area in Fairwater, Cwmbran, seeking out a cat to attack with their dogs.

“Neighbours witnessed the incident, and locals are absolutely traumatised by what happened.

“This has been reported to RSPCA and Gwent Police, and we just hope some information comes forward to track down exactly what happened to poor Dudley.”

Gwent Police Neighbourhood Sergeant Ian Green said: “I understand the great emotion caused by a crime of this nature. We are actively making enquires and will be speaking with Dudley’s owner and to local residents who witnessed the attack to locate the dog’s owner to ensure this incident does not happen again and no further distress is caused.”

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