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Americus residents: "A big cat is killing our pets"

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Some people in Americus say something is killing the pets in their neighborhood.

It's been happening for the past couple of months, and they fear it may soon attack a child.

Residents have spotted the animal in the Southerfield Road area near Horton Drive.

They say it's a large cat, possibly a bobcat, but so far authorities haven't been able to spot or catch the animal which has killed dogs, cats, and even squirrels.

Tanisha Griffin has seen the large cat. "I went to Americus high school and it looks just like the panther that's sitting in that gym" said Griffin.   

"I was sitting on my girlfriend's porch looking down the street and saw it coming toward me. I didn't want anyone to think I was crazy so I knocked on the door and said come look at this."

Kenisha Floyd said the creature killed her dog. "Got a call Friday saying my dog was bit, because he was staying in this area," said Floyd. "I took it to the vet," but her bulldog died.

"We have a lot of children out here," said Griffin.

Now there are fears the animal could be lurking in nearby woods and will soon target children.

"I haven't seen it a lot of people told me about it, there are two of them, not just one," said Charles Spencer.

Spencer also fears for his safety. "It'll probably hurt kids, might be me too," he said.

"I'm afraid to walk to the store because the store doesn't close until ten," said Griffin.

Residents say they have called the police. "The police ride around and look, they think it's a big dog," said Floyd.

Whatever it is they hope it's captured before it takes human life. "Someone needs to come out and do something about it," said Spencer.

But until then, folks in this neighborhood are keeping their children and pets a lot closer.


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