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Cat's wild rampage corners frightened family

Portland police officers had to rescue a Northwest Portland family Sunday evening from their rampaging 22-pound cat.

No one was injured in the melee, and the cat, Lux, was safely locked in a cage.

Central Precinct officers were called at about 7:55 p.m. Sunday, March 9, to a residence in The Yards at Union Station, 945 N.W. Naito Parkway, where the large, high-strung black and white Himalayan cat had cornered the Barker family inside a bedroom.

The cat had attacked a baby in the house, but family members were able to get the child to safety and closed themselves, and their dog, inside the bedroom.

The Barker family called 911 and the emergency dispatcher stayed on the phone and could hear Lux screeching in the background.

“Every time we opened our back bedroom door the cat would hiss,” Teresa Barker told KOIN News 6. She said the baby’s father hit Lux after the baby was scratched, but said he was merely being protective.

Emergency dispatchers confirmed that the child did not need medical attention before sending officers to contain the cat.

Officers cornered Lux in the kitchen, where the cat had taken refuge on the refrigerator, and used a dog snare to hold Lux until it could be locked in a cage.