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Police investigate after cat attacked by dog in York

The cat, which has died.. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A cat has died after it was attacked by a dog in York.

The dog, which was off its lead, attacked the eight-year-old cat, called Walnut, in the New Earswick area of the city between White Rose Avenue and New Earswick Sports Club.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said the cat "died as a result of the incident".

The dog then attacked the cat's owner, a 19-year-old man, who sustained injuries to both of his hands in the desperate attempt to release his cat from the dog’s mouth.

He went to York District Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later discharged.

This happened on Sunday, May 13, at about 10.45pm.

Police has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

They have described the dog's owner as a white man, around 5 ft 8ins – 6ft tall, of average build, aged in his early-mid 30s with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark green or black parka-style coat and black jogging bottoms.

The dog has been described as being a medium-large size dog, short-haired, multiple shades of brown/brindle in appearance, stocky build, wearing a plain collar.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Ffion Twomlow, or email ffion.twomlow001941@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police have asked anyone who gets in touch to quote reference number 12180083903.