AN Ansdell man is pleading with cat owners to fit bells to their pets’ collars after several of his doves were killed in an animal attack.
David Aspin, 65, of Buckingham Road, Ansdell, revealed his sadness after making the grisly discovery at the bird shelter to the rear of his home.
Mr Aspin, who used the doves during wedding, funeral and celebratory services, said more needs to be done by pet owners to stop the incident bringing upset to other animal lovers.
He said: “My advice would be to owners, if you have a cat, to put a bell on it. This could have been prevented.
“I’ve lost those birds now and the others look like they could struggle too.
“If cats do get in your garden and you can hear them, you can do something about them. Unfortunately for my birds, this wasn’t the case.”
Mr Aspin, who used to work as a children’s entertainer, said: “I’m gutted.I looked in the shelter on Sunday morning and found the remains of the doves.
“Six have been killed, while some have survived but it looks like a slaughter house.
“Of the five that are left, they are so shocked by it all, they won’t come near me to feed or do anything.
“It looks like a cat in the area has got in and killed them. I’m very upset.”
Mr Aspin is hoping to replace the lost doves soon.