Terrified family call 911 after rampaging 22-pound pet CAT attacks baby then corners whole family - including dog - in bedroom
Lee Palmer, his partner Teresa Barker and their baby son were forced to hide in their Oregon bedroom from Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat
They had retreated there after the fearsome feline had scratched baby Jesse and Palmer kicked the cat's behind - turning it into a sour puss
Too scared to emerge from the bedroom, Palmer called 911 for help
Authorities arrived at the home and caught the cat before returning it to his family; they are now debating whether he needs a new home
By Reuters and Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 22:21 EST, 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:09 EST, 11 March 2014
A rampaging, 22-pound Oregon house cat with a 'history of violence' attacked a baby and trapped a family and their dog in a bedroom at their Portland home before being captured by police.
On Sunday, the cat, a black-and-white Himalayan called Lux, scratched seven-month-old Jesse in the face, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson.
The baby's father, Lee Palmer, kicked the cat in the backside, which sent it into a rage, and Palmer, his partner Teresa Barker and their baby, along with the dog, retreated into a bedroom in fear.
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Like butter wouldn't melt: Lux is a Himalayan with a 'history of violence,' say his owners. They were forced to call 911 on Sunday after Lux attacked their baby and then cornered them in a bedroom
Attack: Teresa Barker, pictured with her baby Jesse, who was starched on the forehead by Lux
Escape: Jesse didn't need medical attention but his parents were concerned Lux would attack again
As they cowered in the room, Palmer called 911 to report his 'very particular emergency'.
'I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge,' he can be heard saying in a recording of the call. 'He's trying to attack us. He's very, very, very, very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us.'
Meanwhile, the four-year-old cat blocked the bedroom doorway and could be heard on the 911 call screeching loudly, Simpson said.
'When I leave out the bedroom to let the police in, I'm going to have to fight this cat,' Palmer told the dispatcher. 'Tell them to be careful - the police.'
The dispatcher, having never encountered such a situation before, asks her supervisor whether or not police can be sent for an angry cat. The supervisor answers in the affirmative.
'I have kind of an unusal problem.' 911 call over angry CAT!
Tough decision: The family has had Lux for a number of years and are reluctant to part with him
Temper tantrum: The family says Lee Palmer kicked Lux to get him away from their baby Jesse after he had scratched him on the forehead
'He said that the cat has a history of violence,' Simpson said, referring to the father speaking to the 911 operator.
When officers arrived and entered the house, they saw the cat scurry into the kitchen. After it scrambled atop the refrigerator, officers snared it and put it in a travel-style kennel, Simpson said.
'Officers were able to outwit the high-strung Himalayan,' Simpson concluded.
Safely behind bars, the cat was left in the custody of the family, Simpson said. It was not clear what they intend to do with the animal, he said.
'We are debating what to do,' Palmer told the Oregonian on Monday. 'We definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior.'
On Tuesday, Palmer defended his decision to kick the cat on his Facebook page.
Emergency: Lee Palmer and his girlfriend were too fearful of their cat Lux to emerge from their bedroom
Quiet moment: Teresa Barker posted this picture of herself and Lux on Facebook in happier times
'The cat is very loved that is why he is still here,' he wrote. 'We had the option to let the animal control take him but decided to give him a chance.
'The cat is territorial and can swat randomly and he swatted my son in the face - could have gotten him in the eye. I'm a very caring, hard-working father that cares about my son... I did kick him away from my son - you would too.'
The baby suffered some scratches to the face but was not seriously hurt and Palmer told dispatchers his son was not in need of any medical attention, Simpson said.
While cases of out-of-control dogs are relatively common, Simpson said, he could not recall in his 20 years with the Portland police a similarly ferocious feline.
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