Rita Brown's pet Hugo was fatally injured while her other cat Freya suffered serious leg and spinal injuries, their owner saying "the driver must have been going too fast"
A pet owner is calling for motorists to slow down in residential roads after her two cats were wounded, one fatally, in a hit-and-run.
Rita Brown, of Maple Avenue, Cove, hopes raising awareness of her cats’ tragic accident will encourage slower driving, especially in roads where children play as well.
Mrs Brown was devastated to find tyre marks on her pets and is worried that if motorists fail to stick to the 30mph speed limit, a child could get knocked down.
Mrs Brown said: “I know cats tend to go into the road but it is such a quiet little street. Maple Close is a narrow cul-de-sac. The driver must have been going at some speed.
“Both of my cats were knocked down, one died and the other is badly injured.
“I am trying to stir up some consciousness and make people aware of the effects of speeding, it could be a child next time.”
At around 8pm on September 3, a teenager knocked on Mrs Brown’s front door after he saw the cats being struck and asked if she was their owner.
Hugo, a black and white two-year-old cat, was hit head-on and left in a pool of blood. He died on the way to the vets.
Freya, a grey and white cat, also aged two, was found the following day under a hedge in a neighbour’s garden with spinal and leg injuries.
Mrs Brown has paid £3,000 in vet bills and Freya is undergoing physiotherapy, although she may need to have a leg amputated.
“She is taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories,” Mrs Brown said. “I am trying lots of physiotherapy on her.
“She started stretching her leg, which means some feeling could be coming back.”
Mrs Brown did not report the incident to the police after she was left "too traumatised".
“My two cats would not go far at all,” she said.
"I saw them 20 minutes before they were hurt. They were home cats and would always stick together.
“I want to thank the young lad who knocked on my door that night. I do not know his name or where he lives. He does not remember what car was involved.
“I know nothing could have been done to save Hugo but I want to let the lad know I appreciate him telling me what had happened.”
Mrs Brown said had it been a main road and the cats ran in front of the car, she would have understood the driver may not have been able to stop.
“Maple Avenue is not a through-road,” she said.
“The driver must have been going too fast.”