Violent Cat Placed In Animal Shelter After Trapping Owners In Bedroom, Attacking Baby

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle)The 22-pound housecat that trapped its owners in their bedroom after attacking their baby has now been placed in an animal shelter.

The Multnomah County Animal Services said Tuesday that Lux the cat is in their care “after his owners called us to report an incident and requested he be removed from their home.”

Lux, the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, made national headlines after Lee Palmer called 911 when the cat attacked himself, his girlfriend and their 7-month-old child.

Palmer says the animal attacked his baby after the child pulled its tail. The baby suffered a few scratches on the forehead.

On the 911 call, Palmer tells the dispatcher he kicked the cat “in the rear” to protect his child. Palmer says the animal then “just went off over the edge” — leading Palmer and his girlfriend to barricade themselves, their baby and the family dog in the bedroom for safety.

The cat can be heard screeching in the background of the call as Palmer says in a panicked voice: “He’s charging us. He’s at our bedroom door.” Palmer also tells the dispatcher the cat has been violent in the past.

Officers used a dog snare to capture the animal, and placed it in a crate.

Palmer initially said he was not going to get rid of Lux, stating they were getting the cat medical attention and therapy.

“We’re not getting rid of him right now,” Palmer said last week. “He’s been part of our family for a long time.”

Animal Services said they are working with the owners in an effort to get the best possible outcome for Lux.

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