Street pet’s tragic death

SIR — It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Onny, the Allhalland Street cat, on Saturday June 5. It was not from age or illness: an inconsiderate owner of a black Staffordshire terrier, allowed his unleashed dog to attack and kill Onny who

SIR - It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Onny, the Allhalland Street cat, on Saturday June 5.

It was not from age or illness: an inconsiderate owner of a black Staffordshire terrier, allowed his unleashed dog to attack and kill Onny who was enjoying the warmth of the stone walkway in Chapel Street.

It was only a matter of seconds following handing Onny to Sheila that he died in her arms.

It is evident the dog owner knew he was in the wrong and made off as fast as he could.


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Onny had lived locally for some 19 years, from a young cat who was previously owned by a couple occupying a flat in the area. Often he would visit Beverley's pet shop an, of course, Beverley had some titbits for him. Often he was seen in her shop window and passing families would tap on the window to attract his attention. Occasionally he would visit our residence via the cat-flap installed for the convenience of ours, Timmy and Twinkle, our cats who both passed away in their 20th year. Beverley and ourselves took a share of Onny when he was only about six months old.

He loved climbing the fruit trees in our garden also visiting most of the shops, not only in Allhalland Street but occasionally further afield, even visiting the Town Hall, perhaps to meet the Mayor!

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A few years ago he was found aboard a vessel moored on Bideford Quay!

He was loved by the many who met him. I'm certain he will be missed by all who knew him.

We have arranged for him to be individually cremated so that we can place his ashes in our garden among the catmint where he sunbathed in the summer months of his 19 years as the Allhalland Street cat.

To all who shared their kindness to this loveable dark tabby tom cat: Thank you all so much.

Sheila and Bernard Koorlander, Bideford.

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