(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A Portland family was forced to hide in a bedroom and call 911 after they say they were terrorized by their 22-pound pet cat.
“I have a kind of particular emergency here,” Portland resident Lee Palmer can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher during the call.
“I kicked the cat in the rear and it has went off over the edge and we aren’t safe around the cat,” Palmer said. “We’re trapped in our bedroom and he won’t let us out of our door.”
The cat, a black-and-white Himalayan named Lux, reportedly attacked a 7-month-old baby in the home.
Palmer and his girlfriend, Teresa Barker, say the cat turned violent after their son, Jesse, pulled its tail on Sunday.
“He was on top of the fridge, and then when something like that turns around and follows you, you’re kinda getting backed up,” said Barker, according to local ABC affiliate KATU. “It’s kind of a small space in here, so yeah, it was very frightening.”
Palmer told the 911 dispatcher that the cat, who could be heard hissing in the background, was charging the bedroom door.
Police were able to capture the cat, who first jumped on top of the refrigerator to try to escape them, with a snare and then put him in a crate.
“The cat did not want to get back in the cage, that was for sure,” Officer Timothy Bocciolatt told KATU. “He wanted to be free at that point.”
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