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A Hostile Cat Attacked Seven Pit Bulls, Leaving One Scratched And Bloody

"People need to realize that pit bulls are not bad dogs."

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The dogs were with Javiera Rodriguez and Kyla Grover, the founders of Pit Bulls of Victoria BC, a group for pit bull owners that organizes weekly group walks.

Bandida, Rodriguez's 3-year-old pit bull, and Cali, Grover's pit bull mix, were in the pack, along with five others.

They were passing by a yard where a woman was gardening when a cat came tearing out of the bushes and made a beeline for the dogs, latching onto Bandida's face.

Javiera Rodriguez

"The lady started screaming, 'Get your dogs! Get your dogs!' and we’re like, 'Get your cat! Get your cat!'" said Rodriguez.

Eventually, Bandida held the cat down to defend herself even as the cat scratched at her face, but none of the dogs fought back.

"If my dog would have wanted to kill that cat, she could have, but she didn’t. She just held it down to stop attacking her."


Grover dove in to separate the animals, getting bitten and scratched in the process.

"I know if she were to hurt or kill this cat, she would be deemed dangerous and euthanized because of her breed," said Grover.

Grover pulled the cat away and its owner took it inside, but Bandida's face was covered in blood and scratches.

Javiera Rodriguez

"I asked the owner, 'Is your cat okay,' and he said, 'Yes, there’s not one scratch on the cat,'" said Rodriguez.

"So that just shows you how aggressive my pit bull is."

Rodriguez took Bandida to the vet to have the wounds treated, resulting in a $222 bill.

"Thank god those scratches were only superficial and she didn’t need stitches or anything like that," she said. "I’m just super grateful she didn’t lose an eye."

Grover had to get a tetanus shot and antibiotics at a hospital due to her injuries.

Rodriguez returned to the cat's house the next day, where the owners apologized and wrote her a cheque to cover the vet bill. But what she really wants is for the law to treat aggressive animals fairly.

Javiera Rodriguez

She called the city and found out that although there are bylaws for aggressive dogs, there's nothing for cats.

"I don’t want anything to happen to the cat, I don’t want it to be put down, I don’t want a ban of cats, I don’t want what happens to our dogs to happen to them," she said.

"When dog owners have an aggressive dog they have to put a sign and the dog has to be a on a leash at all times. I don’t understand why it’s not the same for cats."

Since the attack, Bandida has been less playful and stays by Rodriguez. "She’s always needy, but now she’s very needy for attention," she said.

Javiera Rodriguez

Grover said she knows it sounds "ridiculous" that a cat would attack seven pit bulls, but says it just shows how pitties aren't the aggressive breed people think they are.

"It’s just a real good example that they are gentle, they’re just like any other breed of dog. I know a lot of small terrier dogs that would have killed the cat," said Grover.

"They’re loving, gentle dogs who are not made to kill and fight like people think."

"Honestly, all those prejudices against pit bulls are just wrong," added Rodriguez. "It’s all about the owners, how you raise your dogs, and the relationship you have with them."