A woman's whose neighbour's dog mauled her cat to death on her own front lawn has called for a major change to the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Emma Woollen, from Burton upon Trent, was horrified to learn she could not take legal action following the death of her cat Maizey following a ferocious attack by an out of control whippet.
She is now campaigning for the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has been unchanged for 20 years, to cover attacks on animals in and around their own homes.
Maizey was chased around the local estate and was mauled to death on her own front lawn.
The animal attacking her was a rescue dog, who had only been adopted four days earlier.
Ms Woollen said:
Mrs Woollen was away in Manchester when she learnt from husband Peter what had happened to Maizey.
The incident was reported to police the following day, but she was shocked to discover she was powerless to take action.
After researching the Dangerous Dogs Act, Mrs Woollen discovered it had not been amended since 1997.
She has since launched a petition calling for protected animals to be included in the amendment rather than just people, and has already received 1,082 signatures in support.
Mrs Woollen said the Dangerous Dogs Act should take appropriate action following an attack on protected animals – especially when an animal is attacked around its own property.
Mrs Woollen approached the owners of the dog and asked them to return it to the animal rescue, which they refused to do.
The petition requires 100,000 signatures to be considered for parliamentary debate.