POLICE are investigating an incident during which a Newport man said his cat was fatally mauled by a dog.

Gareth Jones, 45, claimed he was threatened by a man after a cross breed bull mastiff came into his front garden, dragged his 12-year-old cat Tiger from their front doorstep and attacked her in the street.

Mr Jones, of Dents Hill, said he kicked the dog away to protect his pet.

He said the attack left Tiger with eight puncture wounds to her abdomen and two broken back legs, and she had to be put down the same day.

Mr Jones said his family, including wife Michelle, 44, and daughter Peyton, 14, are devastated, and were frightened by the incident.

The matter was reported to Gwent Police and a spokeswomen for the force said it was investigating a public order offence.