THE owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been told that her dog must be kept on a lead and muzzled when outside her premises after it savaged a cat.

Laura Mayren, 26, of Spendmore Lane, Coppull, admitted a civil complaint brought by Chorley Council that her dog was dangerous and not under proper control after the terrifying attack in September.

Magistrates were told that the dog dashed out of a property on Saunders Mews, where Mayren was living at the time, and chased after a neighbour’s cat.

It got hold of the cat and attacked it causing life-threatening injuries, which resulted in one of its legs being partially amputated.

During the attack, the cat’s owner was also injured as she tried to rescue her pet, the court heard.

The attack was investigated by Chorley Council and the defendant’s mother accepted she was responsible for the dog, as she was looking after it at the time, and that it had escaped as she returned to the property from putting rubbish out.

She refused to accept that all the cat’s injuries had been inflicted by her daughter’s dog.

The defendant was also interviewed and became abusive towards council officers when they explained the options open to her.

An anti-social behaviour injunction was taken out against Mayren by the housing association, which owns her property, following the incident.

In mitigation, she claimed the dog is on a lead anyway and that she had been at work at the time the incident happened.

Councillor Eric Bell, who is responsible for animal welfare at Chorley Council, said: “The attack was extremely distressing for the family who own the cat and I hope that this order prevents anything similar happening in the future.”

Magistrates made an order that the dog must be kept on a lead and also muzzled when outside her premises.

Mayren was also ordered to pay £200 costs.