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When Animals Attack: Man Suing Woman For Alleged Attack By Pet Cat

A man claims he suffered "severe and permanent injuries" while taking care of a woman's cat.

A "vicious" cat so grievously wounded a Homer Glen man that he is suing its owner for at least $100,000.

The suit, filed at the Will County Courthouse on behalf of William Baxter, claims the cat's owner, Christine Bobak, "should have known (her) cat had vicious propensities in that, upon information and belief, the cat had attacked at least one other person on at least one prior occasion."

But whether Bobak or Baxter knew the cat was vicious or not, Baxter ended up taking care of the animal in April 2011, the suit said, and that was when the cat "without provocation, viciously attacked, bit and clawed" Baxter.

The suit did not make clear whether Bobak's pet was just some run-of-the-mill house cat or something more considerable and exotic, such as a panther or jaguar. To further complicate matters, the suit says that at the time of the  attack, Baxter lived 14737 Cricketwood Drive in Homer Glen and Bobak resided at 13617 Parker Road, also in Homer Glen. But the current White Pages listing for Baxter at 14844 S. Cricketwood also includes a Christine Bobak.

A message sent to a Christine "Bobak" Baxter on Facebook did not receive an immediate response. William Baxter's attorney, Michael A. Shammas, failed to return calls to clarify his client's relationship with Bobak and to explain just what kind of cat it was that inflicted such "great pain and anguish," both in Baxter's "body and mind."

According to the lawsuit, Baxter was "attempting to feed the cat" when it bit his right ring finger and "clawed along his left arm."

The suit also said that Baxter "will in the future continue to suffer."

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JOHNNYREB March 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM
a panther or a jaguar what really? if you cant tell the difference between a house cat and a 100lb wild animal you deserve the "wounds" you recieved. wow who hand feeds a 100lb wild animal and in homer glenn........ummmmm yeah.....
a mom March 28, 2013 at 01:35 PM
The article was just stating that from the court papers/documents that they have gleaned information from that they (the Patch) cannot tell what type of cat it was. This is a ridiculous case to begin with...
J Mita March 28, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I disagree. I have a cat that attacks for no reason at least once a day. But with that said, this guy is crazy.
Karen March 28, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Anyone with a pet knows some of them do not like strangers around their food. However, I don't think this was the case. It doesn't even state if he sought medical attention for his 'wounds'. This is a joke.
SoSub Resident March 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Hmmmm.... with the two year statute of limitations right around the corner, is this a "Hail Mary" type PI case? Disgusting.

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