A family has been left horrified after their pet cat was killed by a number of youths who attacked it in the street in Hartlepool.
The incident took place between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Saturday 17th October on Cedar Walk.
A group of four or five male youths repeatedly kicked and jumped on the 16-year-old black cat, named Chico.
It was laid on the floor when a dog that was with the group picked it up and ran off with the cat in its mouth.
The owner was able to follow the dog to retrieve Chico, who sadly died after suffering a broken back and broken jaw.
The suspects ran off onto Lime Crescent towards Chatham Road.
They are described as aged between 16 and 22 years old, one wore a dark blue or black and white hooded top.
The dog is described as a young white or cream Fox Terrier with curly fur.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information regarding those responsible is asked to contact PC John Smith from Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.