Pipsqueak definitely has nine lives - after surviving a terrible attack by roaming dogs

NINE LIVES: Pipsqueak probably used up one of her nine lives fighting off the pair of dogs. Photo: Jamieson Murphy
NINE LIVES: Pipsqueak probably used up one of her nine lives fighting off the pair of dogs. Photo: Jamieson Murphy

A TAMWORTH cat is lucky to be alive, after fighting of two roaming dogs who attacked her while she was sunbathing on her front porch.

Pipsqueak will wear a cast for at least six weeks while she recovers, and her owner Lynne Targonski has warned others to look out for the dogs, which may be responsible for the deaths of up to four other cats in her neighbourhood, according to social media.

“She’s lucky she’s tough as nails,” Ms Targonski said.

After the attack, Ms Targonski posted on social media, saying the dogs were last sighted on the corner of Mathews and Belmore streets in West Tamworth, and dozens of others reported having issues with the same dogs.

She reported the incident to council twice – once on Sunday following the incident, and again on Monday.

“They didn’t get serious about my call until I mentioned there was the possibility these dogs are responsible for the death of up to four cats on this block,” she said.

A TRC spokesperson said rangers searched for the dogs on both Sunday and Monday, but to no avail.

The dogs’ description has been shared with the whole ranger team, but without knowing where the dogs live, the likelihood of capture is slim.

“Council shares the community’s frustration at the number of dogs reported to be roaming our streets,” the spokesperson said.

“In this instance, Lynne has done everything right. She has called council in a timely manner and has shared a warning to other cat owners to be on the lookout. She has provided a detailed description of the two dogs and has committed to calling us back in the event she learns more about where the dogs are housed.

The dogs are described as an arab x staffy breed, one tan with black shading on the muzzle and white on its chest, while the other has white and black patches on its body, wearing a red collar.

If other residents have encountered these dogs and can help pinpoint where they can be found, they are encouraged to call council on 6767 5555.

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