SNUGGLING into her cat Jess, owner Katie Johnson is simply glad her pet is alive.
But the scars to the left side of the black cat means Katie may never let Jess outside the house again after she was attacked by a dog.
And Jess was one of the lucky ones, as three cats in the North Seaton area of Ashington have been killed recently.
The distraught cat owner believes a group of teenagers hanging around the area with a dog are responsible.
She said: “There seems to be a group of lads in the area egging their dog to attack cats.
“I know of three cats that have been killed and mine has been injured.”
When first told her cat was injured, Katie thought she had been run over.
But after rushing her to the vets, teeth marks were discovered.
Jess’s injuries were so serious that it was feared her leg would have to be amputated, but the vet decided to give her a few weeks to see if it improves.
Katie added: “My cat was always out for long periods of time so it wasn’t unusual for her not to come back, but now people need to know what could happen to their cats when they were out.
“I’ll probably not let mine out again.”
Police and the RSPCA have been informed of the attacks and are warning pet owners to be vigilant.
Neighbourhood Inspector Jackie Coleman said: “Police have received a number of reports of dogs having attacked cats in the Ashington area in the last month.
“Enquiries are ongoing and neighbourhood officers are liaising with the RSPCA and local authority dog wardens to look at and address the issue.
“We take reports of this nature very seriously and will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.
“Dog owners are reminded to keep their pets under control at all times.”
“If anyone sees any incidents of dogs out of control or attacking cats then they are asked to report them to police.”