Friday, March 9, 2007

Hailey house cat goes on the fritz

Woman hospitalized with 20 bite wounds

Express Staff Writer

A Hailey woman was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center Wednesday morning after she was attacked by her own cat.

The woman, said to be in her 60s, required medical attention for numerous bite wounds. Her alleged attacker was an average-size black and white domestic male feline, whose name was not available.

A Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance was dispatched to the woman's home at Valley View Apartments shortly before 10 a.m.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Nevins described what had transpired earlier: "Somebody came to her door with another cat that they thought was her cat. She went to the door, and her cat went berserk."

Nevins said the ambulance crew counted 20 bite wounds on the woman's arms and legs.

"These were pretty serious puncture wounds," Nevins said. "I guess it surprised the crew when they arrived to find out how serious it was. It was serious enough for us to transport her to the hospital."

In addition to the wounds that needed treatment, Nevins said the ambulance crew was concerned about the potential for infection, a possibility whenever an animal bites someone.

The cat was not taken into custody, but this is allegedly not his first offense.

"I think the owner said she was going to take it to the shelter because that's not the first time she's been attacked," Nevins said.

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