A Viveash woman is mourning the death of her kitten after dog attack

Jean Cooper with a picture of her dead cat and the hat one of the women left behind. Picture: Matt Jelonek d429135
Jean Cooper with a picture of her dead cat and the hat one of the women left behind. Picture: Matt Jelonek d429135

A VIVEASH woman is mourning the death of her one-year-old kitten Cleo after it was mauled by dogs last week.

Grief-stricken Jean Cooper is disgusted that the women who own the dogs that attacked her beloved pet have not returned to check on its wellbeing.

She said the women regularly walked the dogs along a pedestrian path near her home, but on Sunday, November 9, the dogs were not on leashes and targeted Cleo.

‘My husband was making breakfast and we could hear the dogs making noise ” like they usually do ” but this time it sounded different, it sounded bad,’ she said.

‘My husband went running out there to check and our little girl was lying on the ground. The women were just standing there and said nothing to him.’

Mrs Cooper said her husband scooped their injured kitten off the ground and they rushed her to the vet.

But Cleo died last Monday morning.

‘The women were there when the attack happened but they have not even come back to see how Cleo was,’ Mrs Cooper said.

‘I would hope that they felt morally obligated to come back and check if the little one was fine; there is just no decency.’

The Coopers had rescued the kitten from Cloverdale.

‘We took the mother and her kittens in because they were homeless,’ Mrs Cooper said.

She said one of the women walking the dogs had left her hat behind and she hoped she would return to claim it.

According to the City of Swan, depending on the nature of the attack, dog owners can be fined between $200 to $10,000 if they are found to be in possession of a dangerous dog.

Under the Dog Act 1976 , the City has the authority to declare a dog ‘dangerous’ if it attacks, shows a tendency to attack or repeatedly rushes, threatens or chases people or animals.

If a dog is declared dangerous, the owner has strict requirements placed on them, as well as the doubling of legal penalties.