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Letter to the editor: Look after pets

Please be responsible for your pets. Make sure your cats and dogs are up on their shots and keep them indoors or on leashes or confined to your own yard. I am an animal lover and would never believe this could happen: I had a horrible experience with a neighbor’s cat recently.

I was walking on my regular route through our quiet neighborhood with my little dog on leash. We were on the street and I noticed a big cat (27 pounds) lying in a driveway, so I quickly crossed to the other side of the street. The cat followed me, and before I knew it the cat had jumped on my little dog, biting and scratching him. I feared the cat would seriously maim or kill my dog, so I quickly tried to get him out of the situation as I pulled him up to me on his leash, and tucked him under my left arm. Poor little quy was shaking all over.

As I turned to leave, the cat leapt up on my right shoulder and dug in biting me all over. I could not get the cat off. Thank goodness a neighbor had seen the whole thing and ran to my rescue. The cat was startled and jumped down.

I was taken to the ER right away. The doctor said I had over 20 bites on my shoulder, some very deep puncture wounds and scratches. My arm was cleaned and I was given antibiotics and a tetanus shot. My dog had multiple bites and scratches also.

The next day my arm was red and swollen, so back to the ER. I had a bad infection and was told cat bites almost always get infected. The cat did not have the required vaccinations and so had to be put in quarantine for 10 days to make sure it didn’t have rabies.

This has been quite an ordeal for me and my family, waiting for the results of the rabies tests and fighting one infection then another. I know this is an isolated incident, but with so many cats and dogs running around off leash, it could happen to anyone. The cat owners are liable for all costs and lost a pet.

Please don’t let this happen to you or a neighbor or child. Please keep pets up to date on all shots and keep them on leashes or inside.

Darlene Wood

The Dalles

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