POLICE have confirmed they are investigating after a cat was savaged by scores of hunting dogs near Scarborough.
A police spokesman said they were looking into the circumstances of the death of 18-year-old tabby Moppet alongside officers from the RSPCA, after she was attacked outside her home in Stoupe Brow, near Ravenscar.
Moppet was picked up by a huntsman after her ordeal and taken away before being returned to her owners Les and Margaret Atkinson.
She has now been buried.
A second cat, George, escaped from the attack by hiding in a stable.
Mrs Atkinson said: “It was horrific and she didn’t stand a chance.
“She was an old lady and it was not the way for an innocent animal to meet her end.
“Moppet was a big part of the family.”