Cat survives pit bull attack
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A cat is recovering after it was mauled by two pit bulls that police had to kill after arriving to scene of the attack of the feline and his owner.
Tuesday afternoon, 53-year-old Celine Botelho said, she watched in giddy amazement as Romeo hobbled in through the open sliding glass door of her Deerfield Beach home. "I was so, so happy," she said. "You couldn't imagine what a relief. It was Romeo."
She had to be hospitalized after the attack in her backyard and wound up with 22 stitches, Monday evening. She tried to protect her cat, but the dogs then started attacking her, and Romeo ran away.
After she was released from the hospital, Botelho spent the day Tuesday searching for her pet and had feared he ran off to die. "I was crying and crying," she said. "I started crawling on my knees, looking under my shed, and as I'm walking towards the screened porch, here comes Romeo!"
She took her pet to the veterinarian soon after he turned up. "He won't stand on the right leg," she said. "That's the leg I saw in the dog's mouth."
According to a Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson, when police arrived after Botelho called 911, the two dogs tried to come after them. Deputies fired several shots at the pit bulls, killing them. "Multiple deputies were forced to fire their weapons and kill the dogs when the dogs became aggressive toward them," said Dani Moschella of BSO.
Botelho was transported to an area hospital, suffering from bite wounds to her arms, abdomen and foot. She described what she had to do to escape the dogs. "I was worried of my face and my neck, my jugular, and I took the sliding glass with this arm," she said pointing to her bandaged right arm. "I pushed it open and pulled myself in, and I slammed the door, and when I slammed the door, the both of them were coming after me."
After the shooting, the dogs' owner, Eric Mar, arrived at the scene and claimed the animals. They apparently wandered all the way from Pompano Beach. He was cited for allowing his dogs to roam loose.
Though the good news was that Romeo survived the attack, the bad news, according to his veterinarian, is he might need to have his tail amputated.
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