A 22–pound cat named Lux attacked an infant and trapped its owners and their dog in a bedroom in Portland, Oregon before being subdued by Portland police officers reported authorities on Monday. The actual incident occurred prior to 8:00 p.m. Sunday night when the black-and-white heinous Himalayan house cat attacked and scratched a 7-month-old infant on the forehead reported Sergeant Pete Simpson, spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau.
While there has been no word on the motives behind the feline’s felonious attack on the infant, it is believed that the baby’s father kicking the cat’s “keister” following the scratching incited the feline’s fierce rage and forced the family and their dog to retreat into another room as the father dialed 911. Simpson said the cat ran after the owners–The Barker family–and trapped them by blocking the doorway. He also stated the angry, screeching cat can be heard on the recorded 911 call.
The 22-pound cat reportedly “went over the edge” and would charge the door whenever the family opened the door to try and escape. The father told the 911 operator: “He’s trying to attack us. He’s very, very, very, very hostile.”
In fact, Simpson noted: “(the father) said that the cat has a history of violence.” Upon arriving at the scene officers entered the apartment an saw the crazed cat run into the kitchen “attempting to flee custody,” The police were prepare with a dog snare. Lux then leapt up onto the refrigerator where officers quickly captured the 22-pound cat incarcerating it into a travel kennel.
The frightened family was then given the “all clear” from the responding officers. Simpson reported the caged cat was left in the custody of its family and the “officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city.” Simpson said the family had not decided on a further course of action regarding their fearsome felonious feline.
The Barker baby suffered no other injuries beyond the initial scratches. Simpson concluded that while he has heard of several cases involving crazed canines, in two decades on the force he never previously heard of a out of control 22-pound cat. When last seen Monday Lux was reportedly hiding under a blanket.
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