‘Monster’ killed our Poppy

An attack by a dog which claimed the life of a family pet could easily have happened to a child according to the owner.

Jim Brown contacted us on Monday following the death of his family’s beloved six-year-old cat Poppy.

According to Mr Brown the incident took place outside their home in Grange Path between 8.30 and 8.45 a.m.

He said: “I was in my bed when it happened. I heard a powerful animal growling, then I heard a cat screaming and I heard my wife screaming. This thing was a monster and out of control. The guy [owner] was out of it on drink or something when I grabbed him. He didn’t even care.”

It is understood that the dog, believed to be a Bull Lurcher, was off the leash at the time.

Mr Brown and his wife Karen do not have any children, making the loss of Poppy hard to bear. He added: “We treated her like a child. My wife and I are absolutely traumatised. What’s next? Is it going to be a child? Is that what everybody’s waiting for?”

Councillor David Fairweather has been helping the couple. He said: “Yet again in Arbroath we’ve got these people with those dogs. We’ve had chihuahuas killed and cats killed.

“The dangerous thing about these dogs are the people who own them and don’t look after them.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “A 51-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident.”