By Jace Larson
KPRC – Houston
HOUSTON - A man says a neighborhood cat attacked him Monday morning as he was walking his dogs about 8:30 a.m. in the Heights.
"The cat jumped off the fence and ran towards the dogs and myself," said David, a resident of Houston Heights who did not want to give his last name. "I tried to get in the way to try and protect the dogs and the cat latched on to my leg and scratched."
David was left with several inches-long scratch marks and two small dots.
"It looks like a bite mark to me," he said.
David said he did not provoke the cat which came from a house on the corner of North Sabine Street at Sage Street in the Heights.
Keri Smith told Local 2 reporter Jace Larson she and her dog had a run in with a cat from that very same house last summer.
"We were walking across the street and we saw this cat and it just launched off the porch and came running at us," Smith said. "He probably chased us about a half a block," she said.
The cat's owner said the cat has been known to run after dogs but had never harmed a person. The owner said the cat has a current rabies vaccine, but the owner could not provide Local 2 with proof.
David's wife showed Local 2 an email she sent to the City of Houston's animal control department. She said she did not receive any reply as of Monday evening.
The city told Local 2 it gives animal attack calls high priority and will investigate all reports as soon as possible, usually within the same day.