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Enraged 22-pound cat holds family hostage, prompts 911 call

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Monday, WBTV reported that an Oregon family took cover in a bedroom after their family cat “went over the edge.” Lee Palmer, his girlfriend Teresa Barker, their son Jesse, and the family dog were all hiding the bedroom when Palmer called 911. The cat waited patiently, yowling outside the door and charging at anyone who dared to open it.

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“We don't know what to do about the cat - he's trying to attack us....He's kind of a violent cat already. But he's really bad right now,” Palmer told the 911 operator. Palmer said he booted the 22-pound Himalayan cat in the rear after it scratched his 7-month-old son. The cat, named Lux, responded by charging at and attacking the family.

An amused 911 operator first confirmed that the baby did not require medical attention, and then dispatched police to detain the cat and free the family. She stayed on the line, while the cat's aggravated growling and screeching continued, to ensure the family's safety until police arrived.

"When I leave the bedroom to let the police in, I'm gonna have to fight this cat,” Palmer said in the 911 call.

Police arrived at the apartment with a dog snare. Responding officers said the cat “attempt[ed] to flee custody” by dashing into the kitchen after police entered. Lux was eventually arrested via being trapped in the metal-barred dog snare and left in the custody of his owners.

The family says that Lux has behaved since the incident (he hid under a blanket when news crews arrived) but they are still considering finding him a new home.

“It's only funny when it's not happening to you,” said a grinning Teresa Barker. “When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing.”


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