Canine killers left to run riot in Milton Keynes

Zara Cox and Jasper who she adopted 13 years ago.
Zara Cox and Jasper who she adopted 13 years ago.

The owner of two killer dogs which savaged cats and attacked a passerby during a five-hour rampage may be subject to criminal action.

Officers say the incident, which saw two cats mauled to death and children warned to stay in doors, is “not a criminal matter”.

But investigations are ongoing into the attack on a dog walker who was knocked over by the animals as they ran riot through gardens in search of cats.

The husky-type dogs escaped from their home, believed to be in New Bradwell, and travelled to Heelands, which sparked a huge hunt by dog wardens, residents and police.

But police handling of the situation once the dogs were captured has prompted an official complaint.

Zara Cox, 28, of Arncliffe Drive, Heelands, was ‘heartbroken’ when her OAP cat Jasper was attacked in her garden on Monday morning.

“Afterwards police knocked on doors telling people on the street to keep their children indoors until the dogs were caught,” said Zara.

Alan Dewick was equally devastated when his three-legged cat Blue was “ripped to shreds” in nearby Ellisgill Court.

He said: “It was a horrific way for him to die. The dogs didn’t just savage him, they threw him around and ripped him to shreds.

“They jumped a four-foot fence to reach him. I saw them trotting side by side on the street with a menacing look in their eyes.”

After attacking the cats the dogs turned to humans and pinned a woman up against a bush while she was walking her two sheepdogs.

She saved herself from injury by putting her own dogs in front of her to ward off the huskies.

This week Miss Cox has lodged a complaint to Thames Valley Police about their lack of follow-up action.

She and other neighbours are pushing for police to prosecute and punish the dog owners.

“Jasper was our world, we’re devastated. It’s outrageous that no action is being taken. Everyone is scared these dogs will escape again – next time it could be a child that is killed.”

> The Thames Valley Police neighbourhood team is investigating this incident. If anyone can provide information on the events that took place on Monday, call 101.

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