Kitten killed by pitbulls sparks petition

THE owner of a kitten killed by two pitbulls has started a petition in an attempt to have the dogs removed from an estate before a child is attacked. Kirsty Albon, of Kyrkeby in Letchworth GC, has collected more than 100 signatures since her five-month-ol

THE owner of a kitten killed by two pitbulls has started a petition in an attempt to have the dogs removed from an estate before a child is attacked.

Kirsty Albon, of Kyrkeby in Letchworth GC, has collected more than 100 signatures since her five-month-old kitten, Ben, was killed outside her home.

Describing the attack, she said: "Two of my kittens were playing outside and one jumped through the open living room window.

"I could hear rustling outside and two dogs were under the window. They both had my other kitten in their mouths and were tugging at him and shaking him, trying to get it off each other. I started screaming."

Ms Albon, 27, said one of the dogs was a pitbull and the other was a cross between a pitbull and a Staffordshire bull terrier.

"Neither was on a lead and the owner didn't even have a lead with her," she said. "My eight-year-old daughter, Rachel, is traumatised because it was her kitten. She's like a rollercoaster - up and down. It was a disgusting and horrid attack."

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But Ms Albon is also thankful it was a kitten and not a child. "I have started a petition to get the dogs off the estate, and have over 100 signatures," she said. "Most are saying next time it could be a child, and a lot of people are not happy. Something has got to be done. I couldn't live with myself if I did nothing and next time it's an infant. I want to raise awareness that these dogs are dangerous and shouldn't be here."

A spokesman for Herts Police said the incident, which happened at about 1pm on August 22, is being investigated.

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