Binky the house cat has been hailed a hero this week after saving his family from a home intruder.
Cynthia Kootz always knew her cat was loyal, but she never knew how protective he could be until a man started to break into her home in Southeast Indianapolis. “He never attacked anybody before and hurt them, but I’m glad he did that night,” she told 24-Hour News 8.
Kootz was watching television when she heard sounds outside her front door shortly after midnight. “Well, I got up and it was a bald-headed man, and I never seen him before in my life, wanting in,” she told reporters. “I said ‘No you’re not going to get in here’; ‘Well, I got to get in, they’re trying to kill me’ [he said]. I said, ‘I don’t care; how I know you’re not going to knock me in the head?’”
The man began screaming and tried to kick his way into her home. That’s when Binky had enough. “I tried to call the police at first, but they put me on hold,” Kootz says. Fortunately Binky had a much faster response time.
“Binky went after him, and I think Binky just bit him once then because Binky turned around and ran off,” Kootz recalls. Binky is declawed and could only fight with his teeth and back claws. “Well, next thing I knew Binky took off again, and this time he tore the guy’s hand and arm up,” she said. “This time he held onto that guy; all I seen was fur going up.”
Police, who were actively searching for a burglary suspect in the neighborhood, finally arrived and arrested 41-year-old Earl Scruggs as he fled from Binky’s attack. According to the police report, Scruggs was badly bleeding and told officers that he had been attacked by a house cat. The officers literally could not believe Scruggs’ story until it was verified by Kootz.
Scruggs was arrested for vandalism and paramedics treated his wounds on the scene.
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