Distraught family say police “killed their cat, dumped body and didn’t tell us”
A family have expressed their shock and anger after they were told their missing cat had been hit by a POLICE CAR.
Tony Hunt, from Normanton in Derby, says a neighbour saw his five-year-old daughter’s feline friend Harry run down by the patrol car on Sunday 19th April.
Mr Hunt, 42, says the three-year-old ginger Tom was micro-chipped, so the officers could have easily contacted the family but instead chose to dump the body in a bin bag into the boot of the police car.
The family had been out looking for Harry and put up posters appealing for information, but Mr Hunt is now demanding an apology from police.
“Harry was a loved and cherished pet that belonged to my five-year-old daughter and as far as I am concerned he was just put in a bag and dumped in the back of a police car,” he said.
“If they had just placed him at the side of the road I am sure we would have found him and been able to have him cremated.
“I want them to give my daughter an apology, that’s the least they can do.
Tony says a neighbour saw one of his “missing cat” posters and called to fill him in as to what happened.
“After seeing the signs a nearby neighbour contacted me to tell me he saw what happened to Harry,” he said.
“He told me he saw the police car hit Harry and then it stopped; an officer got out and put him in a bag before dumping him in the boot and driving off.
“I called the police to complain and was told that Harry had been ‘disposed of’.
Tony says his family have been devastated by what happened, saying a “huge chunk” of their lives was now missing.
“To think if it hadn’t been for this neighbour, we’d probably never know what happened,” he said.
“Harry was a huge part of our lives and now a big chunk has been taken out of it.
“He was not wearing a collar because his old one had broken just the day before and we were in the process of getting a new one.
“But Harry was micro-chipped so it would not have been difficult for them to have found out who the owner was.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said they were aware of the situation and the “distress” it had caused the family.
“We can confirm that we are investigating a complaint about two officers, who were in a police car that allegedly collided with a cat, and the officers’ subsequent actions,” a statement said.
“The investigation is at an early stage. We have spoken to Mr Hunt and we will be speaking to him again next week.
“We’re in the process of trying to identify the officers who are allegedly involved to get their account of what happened.
“We’re aware of how distressed the family is and we’re eager to get the matter resolved as soon as possible.”