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By Jane Fazackarley     Aug 8, 2009 in World
A family in the United Kingdom want a change in the law after their cat was first crushed by a Burmese python and then eaten by the 13 foot reptile
It is thought the four year old cat, Wilbur, was grabbed by the snake which was in their neighbours garden.
The cats owners, Martin and Helen Wadey say they could hear "blood curdling cries" coming from the garden next door and could tell the sounds were coming from their cat.
The couple say they weren't able to stop their pet from being killed. The snake was owned by their neighbour as a pet.
Animal charity the RSPCA say that evidence points to the fact that the cat did get eaten up by the reptile.
A spokeswoman for the charity said:
"The snake was scanned and we can confirm that a microchip was found inside. We can't know for certain that it was Wilbur, but it is very, very likely."
The owner of the snake has now been given a warning by the RSPCA and told that they must find suitable accommodation for it and take proper care of the snake.
Martin Wadey is now campaigning for the Dangerous Animals Act to have constrictor snakes added to it.
He said:
"We heard this screaming coming from the garden. We knew it was Wilbur, we could recognise his voice.
"It was amplified and like a baby screaming. It was very distressing."
As the law stands now any person can by a snake from a pet shop with no checks being carried out. They also wanted owners of snakes to have licenses.
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