Animal lovers Simon Wood and fiancee Bernice Patten were shocked when they read in the Gazette that Jack-the-cat had died after a gang incited a cross terrier-type dog to attack him.
The Middlesbrough incident, in Ida Road, Berwick Hills, left Curtis, nine, and Konnor, seven, devastated that their 15-year-old pet had been so badly injured he had to be put to sleep.
Simon and Bernice, 31, who is mum to Demi, 12, and Megan, nine, own moggie sisters Pleb and Flick, who between them have recently had 10 kittens. The Redcar couple decided to donate two to Darren and Jeanette Noon and their young family.
Simon got in contact with Darren, 36, who left the decision up to his boys.
Darren, of Irvine Road, Bewick Hills, said: “We asked whether they wanted a kitten. They both said yes straight away. It made them smile and they have both picked out names - Poppy and Rosie because they’re both girls.”
A man in his early twenties, with a flat cap, was said to be the ringleader to two boys aged around 16. One was riding a bicycle.
Police are investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Alexander Brisley on 01642 303126 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Source: Gazette Live