PORTLAND - Call it the Case of the Ferocious Feline.
Central Precinct officers with the PortlandPolice Bureau were called out to a home Sunday just before 8 p.m. on reports that a 22-pound house cat had attacked a baby, and trapped a family inside a bedroom.
According to police, 9-1-1 operators confirmed that the child did not need medical attention before sending officers to contain the kitty.
Meanwhile, the family dog was also reportedly too scared to deal with the cat.9-1-1 operators talked with the family, as they and their dog hid in a bedroom until police could arrive. (Listen to the 911 call below courtesy of our news partners KGW who obtained it Monday)
I kicked him in the rear and he just went off, over the edge, the caller told the 911 dispatcher. We are not safe around the cat...He won't let us out of the door.
The slightly shaken man, told the dispatcher he was reluctant to let the police in because, If I leave the bedroom... I'm going to have to fight the cat...Tell them to be careful, the police.
Once at the residence, officers used a dog snare on the cat after it attempted to flee custody by darting into the kitchen.
Police said in a release Monday afternoon, The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city.
So what should you do if you run into a similar kitty conundrum?
The PortlandPolice Bureau suggests checking out information on cat manners and other behavioral resources at http://multcopets.org/training-resources.