AN ELDERLY couple watched in horror as a pack of hunting dogs killed their 18-year-old pet cat, writes Eimear Ni Bhraonain.
The husband and wife, aged 90 and 77, were terrorised by a pack of out-of-control dogs who ran into their home outside of Moynalty in Co Meath.
Hoppy, who was a treasured three-legged family pet, couldn't escape the hounds and was savaged in the front garden.
Rosie Smith Jnr said her parents, who do not wish to be named, are still "traumatised" after the incident, which occurred just after Sunday dinner.
"If my mother's great grand children had been in the house or the garden, they're only tiny tots, they could have killed them.
"They idolised this little thing but seeing it get such a death, it's a mighty shock. They're actually traumatised," she said.
The family has notified the ISPCA of the killing.