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Police hunting man who encouraged dog to maul cat have released image of suspect

Police have released a picture of Amos Price, who they are looking for in connection with the brutal attack
Police have released an image of Amos Price, who they’re on the lookout for in reference to the brutal assault (Picture: SWNS/)

This is the man police are hunting in reference to CCTV footage displaying a man setting his dog on a cat which was mauled to loss of life.

Detectives are trying to find Amos Price, 30, after the video confirmed the cat being viciously attacked earlier than being dumped in a wheelie bin.

A man, sporting a cap and a hooded jacket, will be seen within the video approaching the house in Walsall, West Midlands, along with his lurcher-type dog on a lead.

The cat’s heartbroken proprietor Gary Truefitt, 60, determined to verify his CCTV digicam when his pet of eight years, Cleo, didn’t come house on October 24.

But he was horrified to see the footage of Cleo being savaged to loss of life and accused the proprietor of ‘training his dog to kill’.

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Warning: distressing footage.

Amos Price
Police have appealed to discover Price – their most important suspect (Picture: West Midlands Police)

The video exhibits the man upsetting the dog to assault Cleo, who is perched on a wall, by shining a torch in its face.

He even lifts up the dog to assist it perform the killing, earlier than dragging the cat from the wall and onto the bottom.

The crazed dog then sinks its jaws into Cleo, shakes her from aspect to aspect, and pulls her off digicam, whereas the dog’s proprietor runs away from the scene.

West Midlands Police have now issued a mugshot of Amos who is needed in reference to the deadly assault.

Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons mentioned: ‘This is a horrifying act of cruelty which has left us totally disgusted.

FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.
The distressing footage exhibits the dog being encouraged to assault the cat (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.
It lurches in the direction of the cat and drags it to the ground (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’m conscious of the appalling CCTV that captured this surprising behaviour which, like the remaining of the neighborhood, I wholly condemn.

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‘I realise this is highly emotive but I’d urge individuals to stay calm and assist us by coming ahead with data on his whereabouts.’

Grandfather Mr Truefitt mentioned: ‘Why is the dog owner doing this to cats? It’s not a wild animal, it’s a pet he’s intentionally killed…

‘I believe he might have put her physique in a wheelie bin. Its disgusting what he has carried out.

‘I would like him to go to prison and not be allowed to own an animal or take a dog for a walk’.

FILE PICTURE - CCTV footage which captures a man appearing to deliberately encourage his dog to attack a pet cat. See SWNS story SWMDcat. The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen approaching the home in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the defenceless cat, who is sat on a wall, to encourage his dog to carry out the brutal attack resulting in the cat?s death. Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, who he had owned for eight years, didn?t come home the following day. Gary said: ?I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours house as I didn?t know what to do. ?Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It?s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.? The RSPCA has now launched and appeal to track down the culprit.
The cat’s proprietor believes her lifeless physique was dumped within the bin (Picture: SWNS)

Mr Truefitt mentioned he is worried that the dog ‘goes after fluffy ’ and that if it noticed a child in a pram holding a delicate toy it may assault that too.

‘He is basically training the dog to kill. He shouldn’t be allowed to try this. He wants to be stopped from proudly owning animals,’ he added.

‘[Cleo] was lovely and I’m devastated to have misplaced her on this method.

‘I started looking after her for a friend, his girlfriend was allergic so they let me keep her in the end. She was a great cat, very daft, but I’ll miss her.’

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