93 year-old attacked by cat in Phase 4

Sounder News

Wednesday, January 21 2015

Pat Allen lives on Spruce Avenue in the Phase 4 area of Gabriola and wants to get a warning out to his neighbours there is a cat roaming about with zero fear of taking on humans.

On the evening of Thursday, January 16 last week, the Navy vetarans heard his own cat Tiger go outside and start making “the damnedest noise.”

Allen went outside and, “I got attacked by the most humongous cat. The damned thing bit and tore both my arms, my legs, and I couldn’t get away from it.” He described the cat as black and white in colour, and huge. “Thirty pounds of mean and crazy.” 

Paramedics were called and he was taken to the urgent care room at the Gabriola Community Health Centre to see the on-call doctor. “I’m 93 years old, went through five years of war, and get attacked by a bloody cat. I had to get stitches put in [both arms], it was that bad.”

Allen added that the cat which attacked him is known to some of the Phase 4 residents, and that the same cat had attacked one of his neighbours in her home. “People in this area should be very mindful of it.”

Tom Armet, Manager for the Building, Bylaw and Emergency Planning Services department of the Regional District of Nanaimo, said complaints about the cat may have gone to animal control but callers would have been told cats do not fall under the RDN’s animal bylaw, only dogs. He added, “It sounds like a domestic cat so it wouldn’t be dealt with by the conservation officers’ service either.” Animal Control officers confirmed on Saturday that they were in touch with Allen, and while the bylaw does not include cats, officers are trying to help Allen figure out whose animal it is; they will proceed once the cat is identified and owners can be spoken to.