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Cat traps family: 22-pound cat attacks family, 911 call puts cat ‘behind bars’

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A cat trapped a family in their bedroom, and the 22-pound cat’s owners had to resort to calling 911 in order to be rescued by the police. "The cat, we don't know what to do about the cat. He's trying to attack us. When I leave the bedroom to let the police in, I'm gonna have to fight this cat," Lee Palmer said in his 911 call, according to a March 11, Local 10 News report.

During the 911 call, Palmer, who lives with his wife and baby in Portland, Ore., also told the dispatcher that they did not know what to do anymore since the feline was sitting outside of their bedroom door. The 22-pound cat’s screeching was so loud that it could be clearly heard on the 911 call.

The incident of the cat trapping the family occurred on Sunday night when Lux, a four-year-old part-Himalayan cat, attacked the family’s seven-month old baby and scratched it in the face. Even though the scratches were not severe enough to warrant medical attention, Palmer got so angry that he kicked the cat. “I kicked the cat in the rear and it has went off over the edge and we aren't safe around the cat," he said in his 911 call. "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door."

According to the police report, the feline went into such a rage that the family had to take refuge in the bedroom. Every time Palmer tried to open the door, Luz would hiss and charge at him. When it became evident that there was no way out, Palmer called Animal Control at first but there was no answer. Desperately, he called 911, and when police arrived, the 22-pound feline charged into the kitchen and jumped on top of the refrigerator. Lux was “taken into custody” by police officers with a dog snare and put “behind bars” -- which in this case was a crate.

The cat traps a family incident has gained international attention by now. In contrast to their previous intent, the family has decided to keep the cat. However, they are planning on consulting a veterinarian and a pet psychologist. In their press release, the police wrote the headline, “Central precinct officers rescue family from ferocious feline.” While police were a little amused, the baby’s mother says that “it’s only funny when it’s not happening to you. When this happens to you, I’ll assure you, you will do the same thing.”

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