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Thugs let their dogs loose to maul Mika to death; Much-loved cat died on way to vets.

Byline: ALAN WESTON @alanweston

A PET cat was mauled to death after two men deliberately set their dogs on it.

The sickening attack took place on the front lawn of a house in Prescot.

Despite being rushed to the vet, the cat - called Mika - died on the way.

Now her heartbroken owner is offering a PS500 reward for information that will help lead to the identification of the culprits.

It is thought the two men responsible may also have been engaged in illegal hunting activities in the area.

The cat's owner, Dominic Gath, who witnessed the attack, said: "It was horrific.

Join the Facebook page book.com/ People are so cruel.

they think it's fun, or get some pleasure out of it, is just despicable."

Mr Gath said he was alerted to the horrific attack when he heard a "commotion" coming from his neighbour's garden in Ox Lane.

on our www.face theliverpoolecho He described seeing a man holding Mika to the ground, while two dogs - a lurcher-type dog and a black-and-white springer spaniel - attacked it.

When the man saw Mr Gath he ran off, joining another man.

One of the men was described as wearing camouflage trousers and a camouflage jacket and was estimated to be between 30 and 40 years of age.

It is thought the same men may also been engaged in an illegal hunting activity called "lamping", in which nocturnal animals such as wild rabbits and foxes are hunted during the night by shining torches or headlights at them.

As the animals don't see the light as a threat, it means the hunters can get close enough to kill them.

A Merseyside police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called out to reports two dogs had attacked a cat, but that no trace of the dogs or their owners were found.

A PS500 reward has been offered by Mika's owner for any information that leads to a successful prosecution of those responsible.

Phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2014
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