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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Killer 'beasts' terrorise suburb
Burton Road (photo courtesy of MEN syndication)
The dogs have been seen attacking pets around Burton Road
Concerned animal lovers have set up an action group to try to track down two dogs thought have killed more than 30 family pets in south Manchester.

The dogs, dubbed the Beasts of Burton Road, have been seen attacking cats and rabbits in the West Didsbury area.

Jytte Raff, who lost two cats to the dogs, said she has been contacted by dozens of people with similar stories.

Withington MP John Leech is to attend the first meeting of the group, which takes place in October.

I had a friend who saw her little cat getting ripped to bits
Jutte Raff

Mrs Raff said two of her cats - Jessica and Tom Jones - were attacked and killed by the dogs earlier this year.

She said she was inundated with sightings from Chorlton, Levenshulme, Burnage, Withington and West Didsbury after contacting her local newspaper.

Owners said in some cases the dogs had ripped open rabbit and guinea pig hutches, before killing the pets inside.

"I had a friend who saw her little cat getting ripped to bits," said Mrs Raff.

Map of south Manchester

The biggest dog is described as a black mongrel with white spots, knee-height with a narrow face and short hair.

The other is described as a sandy-coloured terrier, about the size of a fox.

"If a cat hides under a car, the little one runs under the car, chases the cat out and then they rip it to bits," Mrs Raff added.

She said residents were terrified at the threat the dogs could pose to children.

"Can you imagine a little child sitting in a buggy with these dogs?

"That is our biggest fear, that a small child gets injured by one of these dogs."

The first meeting of the action group takes place at the Red Lion pub in Withington on 6 October.


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