Owner of Injured Cat Seeks to Ban “Pit Bulls” in Conway, Arkansas
“Yolanda Jefferson is on a mission to see pit bulls banned from the city of Conway or, at the least, restrictions placed on ownership of pit bulls.
Jefferson and her neighbor, Matthew Nedbalek, may not see eye to eye on everything these days, but they both agree that the friendly neighbor relationship they once enjoyed has suffered in the days since Nedbalek’s pit bull named Ice attacked Jefferson’s cat, Tiger, on June 17. Jefferson has previously had a bad experience with pit bulls. In December, three pit bulls jumped her fence and attacked and killed her 10-year-old poodle, J.J.
Jefferson reports the orange tabby was sleeping on her front porch about 10:30 p.m. when the attack occurred. She said she did not witness the attack but was sitting inside with the windows open.
‘I heard Matt yell, ‘Ice, no.’ I heard him running through my front yard,’ she said. After the attack, the cat climbed up a tree and could not be persuaded to come down for some time, Jefferson said.
Nedbalek tells a different version of the story. He said he was walking about six feet behind his white pit bull Ice in his own yard when Tiger came off the front porch, went into the neighbor’s yard on the other side and “took off running.” The dog chased the cat and caught it in his mouth, Nedbalek said. He caught his pet at which point the dog let go, he said.
Nedbalek maintains both he and Jefferson are partly at fault for the incident because ‘neither animal was confined’.”
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