Press Release from: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Photograph of Siberian Lynx
August 14th, 2005 2:27 PM
A photograph of the deceased Siberian lynx is attached to this release.
Photo/sound file: http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/Cat.jpg
Child Has No Visible Injuries from Cat Attack
August 14th, 2005 2:19 PM
The latest information from deputies who interviewed the child is that the child suffered no visible injuries from the cat's attempt to bite her. The child's mother hit the cat several times with a brick to get the cat away from the child after the cat stood on its hind legs and tried to take the child's head into its mouth.
It is not clear at this point whether or not the owner of the cat had a permit to keep the animal. The case will be followed up by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Livestock Deputy.
Deputies Shoot & Kill Siberian Lynx After Cat Injures Child
August 14th, 2005 1:44 PM
At 12:00 noon today, Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 15890 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas, on a report of a Siberian lynx that had injured a child. Deputies ultimately dispatched the cat with a rifle, when it could not be contained.
The resident at the listed address said that she arrived home and saw the cat. She told her six-year-old daughter to remain still while she grabbed a brick. The cat jumped on the child and had the child's head in its mouth, when the woman threw the brick at the cat, which then released the child. The child had abrasions that did not require medical treatment. According to her mother, the girl is doing well, considering the circumstances.
Deputies located the cat crouched on the porch of the residence and the decision was made to dispatch the cat when it could not be immediately contained. The cat was shot by a deputy with a single shot from a .223 rifle and died instantly.
The sheriff's office received limited information from a Clackamas veterinary clinic on Friday afternoon that a customer had reported to them that she was missing a pet Siberian lynx from her home nearby sometime in the last 24 hours. This information was broadcast to law enforcement officers via police radio.
The lynx was declawed and was the size of a large dog. When contacted, the owner of the animal expressed surprise that the lynx would have attacked anyone. The body of the animal will be taken into custody for possible disease testing.
A photograph of the lynx will be available in a later release.
Contact Info: Detective Wendi Babst