Cat chased to its death by children

Chased and killed: Tabitha the cat.
Chased and killed: Tabitha the cat.

A HORRIFIED Sheffield family have reacted with disbelief after a group of children - thought to be aged five or six years old - chased their cat onto a busy road where it was run over and killed by a car.

The unsupervised youngsters were playing on Woodseats Road, Abbeydale, when they started taunting the terrified animal, according to witnesses.

catBS''Alex Hall, 31 with daughter Isabel, eight. The family cat was chased into a road by three very young boys, aged five or six.

catBS''Alex Hall, 31 with daughter Isabel, eight. The family cat was chased into a road by three very young boys, aged five or six.

Alex Hall, aged 31, of nearby Buttermere Road, who owned Tabitha, said: “We are just sickened.

“What are parents doing letting children near a busy road, let alone bringing them up with the morals that chasing cats into road is acceptable?”

Alex, a delivery driver and student, first realised something was wrong when Tabitha went missing.

He, his partner Laonie, 22, and his eight-year-old daughter Isabel, distributed leaflets and stuck up posters to see if anyone had seen their two-year-old jet-black cat. Four days later a local vet, who saw a leaflet, told Alex that Tabitha had been brought into the surgery and had died.

Alex said: “I went into the vet’s surgery to identify Tabitha.

“She had been brought in by the driver of the car that had hit her.

“He was apparently very upset. He had seen a group of three children, aged just five or six, chase her out into the traffic.

“They watched the car hit her and then they ran off.

“We are very upset. Tabitha was very much part of the family. My partner Laonie is in tears and my daughter is very upset.

“People should know what has happened.

“We want the police to find these kids and speak to them, so it doesn’t happen again.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said officers were aware of the incident.

Anyone who saw youngsters playing on Woodseats Road on Thursday August 18, at 5.45pm, should call police on 0114 220 2020.