Two dogs that killed a pet cat ordered to be muzzled

BANNED: Rivington Hall Barn, one of the ban locations

BANNED: Rivington Hall Barn, one of the ban locations

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Two dogs that attacked and killed a pet cat must be muzzled at all times when they leave their home.

The dogs are also banned from the Rivington Hall and Rivington Hall Barn areas following the civil complaint made by Chorley Council, heard at Chorley Magistrates’ Court.

The dogs’ owner Anthony Foden, 75, of James Street, Horwich, was also ordered to pay £410 costs.

The court was told the cat’s owner returned home from a walk to find her pet lying dead on the wall of the private courtyard at Rivington Hall.

CCTV footage showed two greyhounds enter and attack and kill the cat. It also showed Mr Foden, who was carrying a muzzle, go into the courtyard and pick up the cat which he then put on the wall.

The cat’s owner reported the incident to a United Utilities countryside ranger who reported it to the council.

Mr Foden, when interviewed under caution, said he had not witnessed the attack and that he’d seen a black dog coming out of the courtyard. However, when he was shown the CCTV footage, he confirmed the two dogs were his and that he had not made any attempt to notify anyone of what happened. In court, he admitted his mistake and apologised for not making contact with the cat’s owner.