I am wondering if I can get some opinions on an incident that happened this morning on my walk.
I was walking my dogs this morning, on the footpath, on lead. They were sniffing around doing what they normally do. We past by a big overgrown council bush, they sniffed in and under it, before I knew what was happening, they had dragged a cat out from underneath the bush. I had no idea it was there until they had it. They had hold of it for about 30secs, released it and it dashed across the road.
Once I got home, I was so worried I went for a drive and saw that the cat had sadly passed away. I am absolutely devestated, as I love all animals.
1. Should I go see the owner and tell them what happened?
2. What are the legal consequenses for myself and my dogs if this is reported to the local ranger, remembering we were controlled on 4ft leads and walking on the footpath and the bush is right next to the path?
My dogs have accidently gotten out once before, many years ago, and they caught a cat and killed it. We went to court and paid the fine, as it was our fault. Ranger took photo's of the dogs. If this is reported will they destroy my dogs or will they label them "dangerous dogs" and make them wear a muzzle while in public? I think I am going to go get muzzles for them anyway for walking, as I would so hate for this to happen again, and at least I will feel I am doing everything I can as a responsible pet owner.
I just don't know what to do and really need some advice.