The devastated owner of a cat found dead in an alleyway believes the killing of her pet is linked to dog fighting.
Trish Hughes’ cat and the bodies of two others were recovered by council wardens in Heathfield Road, Fleetwood.
Their deaths are now being investigated by RSPCA officers.
Trish Hughes, 40, of Lindel Road, said she was alerted by Wyre Council that her beloved cat Jetson had been found dead in an alleyway between her home and Heathfield Road last Monday.
She says her children are absolutely distraught.
She said: “I let him out as usual on Sunday night and received a call on Monday morning to say he had been found.
I let him out as usual on Sunday night and received a call on Monday morning to say he had been found
“We went to the council to pick him up and brought him home.
“He wasn’t covered in blood but he had puncture wounds on his head and he was wet around his head and neck, he had definitely been mauled.
“Then when I looked at his stomach he had bullet wounds too.
“I’m not sure about the other two cats but Jetson had been definitely mauled by a dog and then shot at.
“I think it was for dog fighting reasons.”
Animal welfare groups have long believed cats have been used as ‘bait’ to rile up fighting dogs, which are then allowed to savage the felines, often to death, before the dogs are turned on each other.
Fighting back tears Trish added: “It’s heartless and disgusting, how can they do that?”
“My three youngest children are absolutely heartbroken because Jetson was theirs.
“I heard of another family whose cat was ripped to death not long ago, something has got to be done about it.”
Wyre Council confirmed officers attended the rear of Heathfield Road and recovered the bodies of three cats.
A spokeswoman said: “We were able to identify one of them and speak to the owners.
“We contacted the police and also the local RSPCA officer who is now investigating.”
Karina Cowell, a cat owner herself of Milton Street, highlighted the problem and said people need to be warned.
She said: “Over the last few months there have been more cats killed down Lindel Road.
“I know someone whose cat had got out and was deliberately run over and when found his paws and claws were embedded into the road.
“It’s absolutely brutal, how can people do this kind of thing to people’s pets? They are part of the family.
“It’s happening a little bit too often and people need to be warned about it.”