Cat attacked by a pit bull

Cat attacked by a leashed pit bull

Name: Techni#n
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Property driveway, North Carolina
Year of attack: 2021

Tell us about the attack

At approx 9:45, the morning of 8/30/2021, I was working on my bike while two of my cats were with me. A lady walking her pit bull on a retracting leash along the sidewalk let it get away from her. I did not have time to react, though I saw it happening. The dog was a pit bull, brown coat with white speckles or mottling. The pit bull bit the left forearm of one of the cats, Smudge, and “ragdolled” the cat. I managed to pry Smudge’s arm out of the pit bull’s mouth, suffering a minor bite in the process on my left hand. Smudge ran up a tree across the street with a broken leg. A few hours later, while waiting on help to get Smudge out of the tree, he came down on his own, and ran off. I have not seen him since. I was too enraged to track anything else, and told the pit bull’s owner to just go.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
My cat of 8 years, Smudge, is missing as of today (8/31@~4pm). I am receiving the rabies vaccine, and am on antibiotics, hoping the tendons in my left index and middle finger do not get infected and need surgery. The storm Ida is about to drop storms on us, and I’m afraid Smudge will die before possibly being found. I’m considering getting my CCW and 24/7 carrying. I am also moving to a place with pit bull bans.

Legal Consequences
Current status of owner and pit bull unknown.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
There is a lot of cherry-picked science that attempts to support the claims that pit bulls are not inherently dangerous, at least not more than any other breed. What it all fails to tie together is how all those factors come together in a pit bull attack. Despite other dogs having “a stronger bite,” very few of those attacks lead to death or serious mutilation of their intended victim. Pit bulls do not let go easily compared to other dogs. The only reason I managed to get this one off barehanded is knowing where in the jaws/mouth to apply pressure. And if I was slower getting my hands away, I might’ve lost my fingers instead of them being lightly punctured.