LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A 26-year-old man was watching TV downstairs in his parents' Longview, Wash., home when two pit bulls he'd never seen before entered the home through a sliding glass door left open on a sunny morning.
Sandra Anderson tells the Daily News that her son Kelly tried to shoo the dogs back outside, but the family's 11-year-old cat named Flex awoke from a nap and the dogs pounced.
Although Sandra Anderson says her son hit the dogs with a closet rod, the dogs killed the cat. Kelly was finally able to sneak out a side door and shut the dogs in the house while his mother called 911.
The Humane Society's animal control officer determined the dogs lived 2 1/2 blocks away and issued the owner a $771 ticket for allowing the dogs to run loose and failing to license one of them.
Animal Control Supervisor Mike Nicholson says the Humane Society notified the owners Wednesday that the dogs had been declared dangerous after the May 6 incident.
Nicholson says the dog owners are devastated and want to compensate the Anderson family.