A cat owner has hired private investigators to hunt down a driver who killed his beloved Mr Hobbs.
Rob Munroe is offering a reward for information and is also writing to over 900 residents of a Cornish village where his 28-year-old cat was left dying on the road.
Rob, 42, says he has been left traumatised by Mr Hobbs’ death as they were so close.
He has to travel around the country as part of his job in banking and always took the cat with him, even staying in hotel rooms together.
‘He was more than a pet,’ said Rob. ‘He was my best friend – I loved him more than my partner. He said he doesn’t blame me for saying that as he loved Mr Hobbs too.
‘He was more like a dog – he used to wait outside my cottage for me to come home and followed me everywhere.
‘I lost my dad but losing Mr Hobbs has hit me harder than that. I’d rather have my arm ripped from my shoulder than go through this.’
He says his Patterdale Terrier, Wilbo, is also distraught as he and the cat were inseparable.
Rob believes a grey Seat car was responsible for hitting Mr Hobbs outside their home in St Breward, near Bodmin, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 2.
He said: ‘My gorgeous, beautiful cat was knocked over and left with a fractured skull and eye hanging out.
‘I had to comfort him and my kind neighbours drove me to the vets as I was in shock and needed to attend Mr Hobbs. On arrival the vet had to euthanize my beloved cat.
‘This has left me traumatised and I am going to establish who did this no matter how long it takes or how great the cost. This happened right outside my cottage.’
He said private investigators are looking into the incident and he will be instigating civil proceedings.
Rob said that if the individual who caused a genuine accident, comes forward and admits liability within 45 days, he will forgive them and take no further action.
He added: ‘Failure to do so will see me drag them through the civil courts regardless of cost.’
He said he’s even prepared to re-mortgage his house to pay for any action, adding: ‘The team of investigators will establish and find who did this, so do the right and honest thing and come forward.
Mr Hobbs would have been an astonishing 29 years old this September. Rob has had him since he was 22, when Mr Hobbs was aged seven.
The cat had recently undergone over £1,000 veterinary work at Castle Vets in Launceston including teeth extraction.
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