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Widower's cat killed in fox attack
A man from north Watford whose cat was killed by a fox said he is "plagued" by the animals.
Bob Roe’s 14-year-old cat Macavity disappeared on Thursday, and was found the day after having been mauled to death.
When the 66-year-old from Regent Street took his cat to the vet, he was told the injuries had been caused by a fox.
Mr Roe said: "I knew something was wrong because the cat wakes me up every morning by sitting on the bedside table and putting his paw on my face.
"I live on my own now because I’m a widower. We had five cats at one time, Mac was one of three brothers, and the last one left.
"When you’ve been on your own for a few years, your pets are as much your family as kids are. It’s rather quiet around here now."
Mr Roe said he has contacted Watford Borough Council asking what could be done about controlling the fox population.
He added: "I’ve been plagued with foxes. Some of them used to come inside the house to eat my cat’s food.
"In October last year I came in one evening and there was one upstairs. Either side of me there are babies and pets. Something should be done.
"They are a wild animal, dogs you can tame, but I disagree with feeding foxes because you don’t know what they’re going to do."
The number of fox sightings in towns and cities in the UK has increased, bringing with them unwanted noise and mess.
On February 6, four-week-old Denny Dolan was attacked by a fox in his south-east London home, leaving him with hand and facial injuries.
This follows a similar incident in 2010, where two baby sisters were mauled in their home in Hackney.
However, because foxes are not classed as a public health pest, the council does not offer a service to remove, discourage, trap or kill foxes in the same way it would for rats or mice.
Mark Jeffrey, from Watford Borough Council, said: "Councils have limited formal involvement in controlling foxes. We do work to reduce the attraction for them.
"This includes the introduction of wheelie bins, work to ensure commercial waste is correctly disposed of and the 'zero tolerance on littering' campaigns."