[...] residents in the northeast Detroit neighborhood, who said they’re unnerved by this supersize cat roaming the streets in recent weeks. They’ve tried calling Detroit police and Animal Control, but have gotten no response. On Friday, the Michigan Humane Society said it will investigate the case and try to find the cat.
The cat was about 4 feet tall, Asberry said. Others said it was shorter than that. It’s on the skinny side and arched its back when approached by his mother, Asberry said.
A leader with the neighborhood association where the cat is roaming said several residents have contacted him after seeing the big feline.
“I’m really concerned,” said Vondell Boyer, 55, vice president of the Greenbrier Council. Boyer and other residents said they’re worried that if the cat runs out of rabbits, squirrels and other small critters to eat, it will target small kids.
Compare this with a serval cat which are sold as pets though they are African wild cats. The descriptions of the eyewitnesses in the video do correspond with this – about 3 ft
high long, thin and lanky, leaving feathers behind, comes out after dark.
UPDATE (27-Aug-2013) Now this story, that the cat was killed a while ago, even before the story broke last week.
The body of the 25-pound, 3-year-old Savannah cat named Chum was found in a trash can on Detroit’s east side Monday evening, said Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, founder of Paws for the Cause, the feral cat rescue group based in Chesterfield Township.
A neighbor near Joann and Bringard, just south of 8 Mile, shot the cat days ago, Wilhelm-Bruzek said.
The cat’s owner reported it had escaped their house. It was a hybrid domestic cat/serval cross. The owners were devastated to find the cat dead in a garbage can.
This story raises many concerns that I can’t even begin to address. I’m sad about the ending.