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‘Celebrity’ cat killed by dog sparks hundreds of heartbreaking tributes

Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for a "celebrity cat" killed by a dog.

Harvey earned a reputation as a popular tourist attraction in St Ives, Cornwall, and some even said he was the highlight of their trip.

Locals also loved him as he ventured around their homes and local shops, and even had a Facebook page dedicated to him.

But when they learned Harvey, 17, died on Friday, after being attacked by a dog, they couldn't hide their despair.

A spokesperson for the Harvey St Ives Facebook page said: "He lived just up from the harbour and was a large black and white long furred cat"He used to 'visit' the various houses in the area, lots of the holiday cottages would find him inviting himself in.

"He used to go in and usually find a chair, sofa or mat to sleep on. I started his Facebook page four years ago, although we had met him before that as he used to invite himself into the cottage we stayed in when we went on holiday each August.

"Unfortunately he got attacked by a dog early last Thursday morning, he was taken to the vet by a couple of locals. I knew about it because I have contact with someone who lives in the area and used to help look after him."

Harvey was "owned" by an elderly gentleman who lives on Bethesda Hill, Charles Prynne.

One fan, Brian Rocks, even wrote a poem about Harvey after the cat's death.

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It reads: "For Harvey. The stone set streets seem empty now, no gentle tap at the cottage door. No chance to see our furry friend, just memories, nothing more.

"No silent footfall passing by, as you sit by his favourite place. No looking down by the table legs, to see his little face. No chances left to catch a glimpse, a friend we held so dear.

"He leaves a barren empty space, where once we held him near. So cruelly taken from all of our lives, and no-one foresaw that. But he was the one and only puss, Harvey the St Ives cat."

The spokesperson added: "There was a huge reaction from his fans, all very upset as people loved to try and find him when they visited St Ives for their holidays.

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"There were locals who used to look for him too, though obviously it's a bit different to holiday visitors."

A crowdfunding page has been set up to cover Harvey's vet fees, and to install a memorial plaque in the seaside town.

So far, £5,781 has been raised, and anyone who wishes to donate should visit gofundme.com/f/harvey-st-ives.

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