A FATHER was horrified when his teenage daughter's beloved cat was ripped to pieces by a vicious dog just yards away from a primary school.
Billy Allison, 45, said the attack on the five-year-old pet, named Smudge, took place outside his family's home on Cartmel Avenue, Accrington.
He said a woman and a child walked past the house with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which ran at the cat, grabbed it and dragged it across the floor.
Mr Allison said: "I ran outside and I could see the dog wasn't on a lead. Smudge's whole body was crunched up and the dog just shook the life out of it. There was blood everywhere.
"What made it worse was that I never got an apology from the woman. She just stood there and smiled. And then the boy said to me: 'Cats have nine lives, don't they?'"
The family took Smudge to the vets but nothing could be done to save its life as its injuries, including a punctured diaphragm were too severe.
Daughter Billie-Jo, 16, was devastated by the attack.
Mr Allison's partner, Kathryn Birtwell, 32, said: "Billie-Jo was really close to Smudge. Wherever she went, the cat went too. She was a lovely cat and people on the street used to stroke her when they saw her."
Now the family are scared that the vicious dog could strike again as their house is just yards away from the gates of St Peter's Primary School.
She said: "It is really scary. Every time I hear children outside I run up to the window. I just don't want what happened to Smudge to happen to a child.
"This dog needs to be restricted. We are all really scared of something like this happening again."
Hyndburn dog warden Steve Wood said: "No official complaint has been made but if I receive one I will investigate.
"This dog was clearly dangerously out of control in a public place and something should be done about it."