Every now and then, I’m stunned by something in the news. Not horrified exactly…but it affirms to me, that once again, common sense is my super power.
Because it’s just obviously that rare in today’s society.
Take this recent news article.
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, authorities said on Monday.
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 Pete Simpson.
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 said.
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.
To prove I’m not making this up, you can find the link here
I found myself blinking, shaking my head, and rereading the article. Repeatedly.
And thought, “This is just sooooo much fail. Blog worthy!”
Because, seriously folks, let’s look at this, shall we?
- The cat has a ‘history of violence’. See, that right there would have it no longer a resident of the Not A Stepford home. As much as I do love my pets, violent animals go buh bye. Period. Rehomed to someone that can retrain, or put down. Yes, I am that person, who will put down an unsafe animal rather than allow it to harm a person or child.
- They brought a BABY home to an animal with a history of violence. HELLO?! Seems to me that if you have an animal that’s violent, you DO something about it before bringing a BABY home. Seriously.
- The cat attacked their seven month old baby. Then, proceeded to TRAP the entire family in the bedroom, *including* the dog.
- 911 gets called. Cat is captured, stuffed in a travel kennel, then LEFT WITH THE FAMILY.
- It wasn’t clear what the family intended to do.
Now, I’m trying to imagine a cat that is so out of control that the entire family barricades itself into the bedroom and has to call 911. It’s a cat, folks. Not a tiger, or a lion…a 22 lb house cat. There was no other way anyone could see to deal with this than calling 911? Seriously?
I was under the impression that 911 was meant for, you know, LIFE THREATENING situations. Not a mad cat attack. Silly me.
And then there’s #5. If nothing else boggles your brain, #5 should accomplish that feat nicely. The family wasn’t clear about what their intentions were.
The cat attacked their baby, frightened them enough that they LOCKED themselves away from it and called in armed officers to corral it, but they aren’t sure what they’re going to do next.
I have an idea. It starts with handing them a sign or tshirt from my shop with this design on it.
For those interested, the design is available here