Jarrow pet owner’s call for justice after cat savaged to death

Charlene Harding has set up a Facebook page called Justice for Alfie and Friends.
Charlene Harding has set up a Facebook page called Justice for Alfie and Friends.

A distraught cat owner whose beloved pet was savaged to death by three off-the-lead lurcher dogs has vowed that she will never give up her fight for justice.

A police probe is continuing into the sickening attack on three-year-old Alfie, which was witnessed by horrified owner Charlene Harding.

Alfie was savaged to death by three off-the-lead lurchers.

Alfie was savaged to death by three off-the-lead lurchers.

The devastated 27-year-old has also contacted the RSPCA and Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn in her bid to ensure dog owners keep their animals under tighter control.

Miss Harding, from Limecroft, Jarrow, has been overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and strangers alike in the wake of her plight.

She has set up a Facebook page - called Justice for Alfie and Friends - which has already attracted 289 members and sparked an outpouring of support.

Much-loved Alfie died in Charlene’s arms on his way to the vets after suffering a catalogue of injuries in the attack on Saturday, July 23.

Miss Harding was also bitten on the foot by one of the animals as she came to the aid of her pet.

She fears other pets - and even children - could be put at risk if action isn’t taken to make sure potentially dangerous dogs are kept on a lead at all times and muzzled when necessary.

Miss Harding said: “The response I have had from people has been amazing.

“There has been lots of support on the Facebook page I have set up.

“People have been lovely.”

Miss Harding says she is still struggling to come to terms with the death of a pet who was a precious part of her family since he was just a few weeks old.

She has invested in a plaque for a box containing his ashes to act as a permanent tribute to Alfie.

Miss Harding added: “I am not going to give up on getting justice for Alfie.

“It has been a terrible time.”

To join Miss Harding’s campaign group, log onto Facebook and search for Justice for Alfie and friends.