Tourist attacked in France by feral cats
NewsThursday 01 August 2013
Usually the town of Belfort is peaceful, relaxed and pretty much a tourism paradise. Not anymore it seems. A warning has been made to tourists visiting France after a pack of feral cats launched an attack on a young woman out walking her dog.
A unnamed dog walker was walking her poodle when the cats dragged her to the ground and started mauling her. She was bitten repeatedly and left with a torn artery which could have been fatal. The dog also suffered some serious injuries.
Experts believe the hot weather would not have helped and this has made the cats more aggressive. It is also thought that they were trying to protect their area from the dog and that the woman simply got in the way of this.
The mother of the victim said that “They jumped on her and managed to knock her over.”
"The feral cats bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery,"
After the attack, the victim was taken to a hospital to recover and got a shot to protect against rabies. The poodle was taken to a veterinary clinic.
A local police spokesperson said that this was extremely rare however due to it being so uncommon it was a cause of great concern.
Over 8,000 feral cats are born in France everyday however they are generally considered harmless.
Belford is in the Frenche-Comte region of France and close to the Swiss border. It is a popular destination among tourists who are able to visit France but also travel to nearby Switzlerland and Germany.
Once again, KittenAds advises all owners to spay and neuter their cats to prevent the spread of feral cats across the world.