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Police hunting man who encouraged dog to maul cat have released image of suspect

Police have released a picture of Amos Price, who they are looking for in connection with the brutal attack

Police have released a picture of Amos Price, who they are looking for in connection with the brutal attack (Picture: SWNS/West Midlands Police)

This is the man police are hunting in connection with CCTV footage showing a man setting his dog on a cat which was mauled to death.

Detectives are searching for Amos Price, 30, after the video showed the cat being viciously attacked before being dumped in a wheelie bin.

A man, wearing a cap and a hooded jacket, can be seen in the video approaching the home in Walsall, West Midlands, with his lurcher-type dog on a lead.

The cat’s heartbroken owner Gary Truefitt, 60, decided to check his CCTV camera when his pet of eight years, Cleo, didn’t come home on October 24.

But he was horrified to see the footage of Cleo being savaged to death and accused the owner of ‘training his dog to kill’.

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Amos Price

Police have appealed to find Price – their main suspect (Picture: West Midlands Police)

The video shows the man provoking the dog to attack Cleo, who is perched on a wall, by shining a torch in its face.

He even lifts up the dog to help it carry out the killing, before dragging the cat from the wall and onto the ground.

The crazed dog then sinks its jaws into Cleo, shakes her from side to side, and pulls her off camera, while the dog’s owner runs away from the scene.

West Midlands Police have now issued a mugshot of Amos who is wanted in connection with the fatal attack.

Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons said: ‘This is a horrifying act of cruelty which has left us utterly disgusted.

FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.

The distressing footage shows the dog being encouraged to attack the cat (Picture: SWNS)

FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.

It lurches towards the cat and drags it to the floor (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’m aware of the appalling CCTV that captured this shocking behaviour which, like the rest of the community, I wholly condemn.

‘I realise this is highly emotive but I’d urge people to remain calm and help us by coming forward with information on his whereabouts.’

Grandfather Mr Truefitt said: ‘Why is the dog owner doing this to cats? It’s not a wild animal, it’s a pet he’s deliberately killed…

‘I think he may have put her body in a wheelie bin. Its disgusting what he has done.

‘I would like him to go to prison and not be allowed to own an animal or take a dog for a walk’.

FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.

The cat’s owner believes her lifeless body was dumped in the bin (Picture: SWNS)

Mr Truefitt said he is concerned that the dog ‘goes after fluffy animals’ and that if it saw a baby in a pram holding a soft toy it could attack that too.

‘He is basically training the dog to kill. He shouldn’t be allowed to do that. He needs to be stopped from owning animals,’ he added.

‘[Cleo] was lovely and I’m devastated to have lost her in this way.

‘I started looking after her for a friend, his girlfriend was allergic so they let me keep her in the end. She was a great cat, very daft, but I’ll miss her.’



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