WATCH: We often hear stories of pitbulls acting aggressively but this is a very different tale. Monica Martinez reports.
Three and a half year old pitbull, Bandida, is recovering from her facial wounds after an aggressive attack by another animal.
“She has scratches on her ears and on the side of her face, her chin,” said Bandida’s owner Javiera Rodriguez.
Monday evening a group of seven pitbulls and their four owners were out for their weekly walk near Mt. Tolmie.
The dogs were on leashes walking in front of a house when a house cat jumps out and attacks.
“The cat actually ran towards the dogs and started swiping at the dog’s face,” said Rodriguez.
“At first I was just shocked that this cat would go after seven dogs. I thought it would get scared and run away but it never did,” said Kyla Grover, who was walking her two dogs.
Bandida took blows to her face and chin, before defending herself and that’s when Kyla Grover stepped in.
“Bandida being a pitbull, I knew if something were to happen she would get blamed and I couldn’t have that happen so I just needed to get them apart,” she said.
The cat scratched Grover’s hand. She spent five hours in emergency, requiring vaccines and antibiotics. Bandida is also on antibiotics.
“It makes me so sad. (Bandida’s) been super needy and she’s such a pretty girl, all those scratches on her she doesn’t deserve it,” Rodriguez said.
Saanich has bylaws to deal with dangerous dogs but not aggressive cats, so there’s not much they can do.
“Regardless of what kind of pet you have, owners should be held responsible.”
The cat owner was outside gardening and said the cat was being protective.
“She’s an older cat. She sleeps most of the time so she doesn’t have any reaction to anything really except when dogs come near my wife. Then she acts like a guard dog,” said Del Thompson.
He apologized and expressed concern for Glover and Bandida’s injuries. Thompson also paid Bandida’s $200 vet bill.
He is relieved the situation didn’t escalate, and neither their cat nor the dog sustained more serious injuries.