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Norwich residents too frightened to let pets out after cat is mauled to death by dog

15:55 28 July 2014

Pixie the cat, who was killed by a neighbour

Pixie the cat, who was killed by a neighbour's dog.

People living at a block of flats in Norwich are said to be too scared to let their pets out into the communal area after a family cat was killed by a dog.

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Elyissa Ella of Hobart Square where a neighbour's dog killed Elyissa's cat Pixie. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYElyissa Ella of Hobart Square where a neighbour's dog killed Elyissa's cat Pixie. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Elyissa Ella, 22, said her cat, Pixie, was savaged by a Staffordshire bull terrier while it was laying in the sun in the communal area near her flat in Hobart Square, off Queens Road, in central Norwich.

With her boyfriend Patrick Jordan, 20, she went to her pet’s aid, but it later died in Mr Jordan’s arms after they took it to the vet. The attack happened at about 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 23.

She said the attack had upset her and left neighbours worried about letting their pets go outside.

She said: “I was sitting in the living room and my cat was outside, lying in the sun. Then I heard a squeal and my boyfriend went running outside.

“A dog was attacking my cat. It took about four people to stop the dog and it was finally knocked out by my boyfriend. The dog had my cat in its mouth for about 10 minutes. It should have been on a lead.

“That could have been a child the dog was attacking. Children use the communal area and there are always cats there. Some of the neighbours are now too scared to let their cats go outside into the communal area, in case that dog attacks them.”

Miss Ella, who is expecting her first child in February, said that her beloved cat was about two years old.

It comes weeks after a 79-year-old man from Norwich was reunited with his pet pooch, Toby, after an unprovoked attack from another dog left him in hospital for nine days with a broken hip.

That incident happened at Jenny Lind Park earlier this month.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident and enquiries are continuing.”

• Have you been a recent victim of a dog attack? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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