Thank you all for the condolences. I may not be able to respond to everyone (I'm working on that) but I read every single comment and I appreciate those that offered sympathy. I'm still pretty traumatized by the event, but things are steadily getting back to normal. I've been able to finally get back into my art...so hopefully I'll be posting soon (first on my agenda are finishing up commissions I owe a couple people).
Things have been hard for my other Maine Coon cat, Max, with whom I've been spending a lot of time with the past week. Not only is he down about losing his long-time companion, I'm also no longer letting him outdoors without supervision. Though he complains a LOT about it (like a stubborn teenager, he'd much rather be out with his fellow neighborhood cat friends without mommy tagging along), he's actually surprisingly good with a leash and harness. I've been taking him to a nice little park by the Colorado River at night and we've been having a great time. I think all the new sights and sounds made him forget a little about his depression.
I will be going to the court house tomorrow morning to get advice of how I must precede with the lawsuit. There are no laws that regulate dangerous dog breeds in my community, so wish me luck -- fortunately, I have some wonderful neighbors backing me up on this, one of which lost her dog to an equally gruesome death at the jaws of a vicious pit bull.
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Today, two runaway Pit Bulls came into my property and tore my cat, Lulu, to bits.
It happened so quickly and so silently, I didn't even notice until the neighbors, who witnessed the whole event, came over and told me they saw the dogs dragging Lulu's corpse down the street.
They called animal control, and the dogs were picked up and my cat's remains were taken to the shelter.
I feel so sick right now...And I've been crying non-stop....it feels like I just lost a child. Lulu was everything to me. My aunt and I buried her in her favorite sunning spot in our yard this afternoon. My neighbor and her seven-year-old grand-daughter (who unfortunately witnessed Lulu's demise) came over to pay their respects.
I will be pressing charges against the owners for negligently letting dangerous animals run loose in our neighborhood. They're lucky a person or child wasn't killed because of their irresponsibility.