The Sunday evening incident began when the cat, a
black-and-white Himalayan, scratched a 7-month-old baby in the
face, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant
The baby's father kicked the cat in the backside, which sent it
into a rage, and the parents and baby, along with their dog,
retreated into a bedroom as the father called police, Simpson
Meanwhile, the cat blocked the bedroom doorway and could be
heard on the 911 call screeching loudly, Simpson said.
"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.
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.
The baby suffered some scratches to the face but was not
seriously hurt, 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.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in Olympia, Wash.;
Cynthia Johnston and Steve Orlofsky)
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