POLICE are investigating after ECHO readers came forward to name the yobs caught on CCTV carrying out a horrifying attack on a defenceless cat.
Outraged by the graphic pictures of the tabby being mauled by dogs, four people have already contacted Tooch’s owner Alf White to share what they know about the senseless act of cruelty.
He said he is passing on all the information to Merseyside police.
Mr White said today: “It’s all thanks to the ECHO.
“I’ve been given names already, it’s absolutely brilliant, without a doubt it will help to catch them.”
Friendly feral cat Tooch had been looked after for several years by the 54-year-old tile showroom manager, who fed her every day at Knowsley Industrial Park.
But on Monday he arrived at work to find her gone, and after a search learned of Tooch’s horrific fate after checking the yard’s CCTV system.
He later discovered the animal’s body under a piece of cardboard.
Confirming that police officers are now investigating the attack, chief inspector Kevin Wellens said: “We have been made aware of an incident at Kirkby New Lodge and have launched a joint investigation with the RSPCA.
“This was a particularly nasty attack on a defenceless cat by four dogs and we ask anyone with any information about this incident to call us so we can take action against the offenders.”
Police officers still want to hear from anyone who can identify the men, thought to be in their 20s, wearing dark coloured anoraks, scarves and hats or their dogs described as a Jack Russell, a Lurcher or Greyhound, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and an Ayredale Terrier.
Thousands of people logged on to our website to watch the CCTV and scores left messages of support for Mr White.
He said: “The comments online made me feel a lot, lot better.
“I hope it acts as a deterrent to others who’ll know if they do something like this they’ll be splashed all over the paper.”
Linnetlane wrote: “The parents and the friends of these lads will recognise them.
“Let’s hope they do the right thing and report them to the authorities.”
Doodah added: “My heart goes out to Mr White.
“You’re a good man and hopefully the saying, ‘what goes around comes around’ will apply.”
Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6286, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.