Family offers reward after cat brutally attacked, killed by pit bulls

JACKSON, Tenn. — A Jackson woman is asking for help after she says her cat was killed by two pit bulls Saturday morning.

“I have cried ever since it happened,” pet owner Patricia Bumgarner said. “I went to the vet, I cried there, and I cried over the weekend. I can’t get it off my mind.”

Patricia Bumgarner said her son, William Bumgarner, was outside their home on Talbot Street during the time of the attack.

They are offering an award for anyone with information about the suspect.

Police records say the suspect was walking his two pit bulls and let them off their leash across the street from the Bumgarner’s home.

The report says the suspect then pointed the dogs in the direction of the family cat in the backyard.

“They [the dogs] ran as fast as they could and started mauling my cat,” Patricia Bumgarner said. “She was almost dead when I took her to the vet, and they had to put her to sleep.”

Stephanie Byrum with the Airways Animal Clinic said even though pit bulls get a bad reputation, the owner is at fault in this situation.

“Animals are trained the way their owners train them,” Byrum said. “If you train them to be aggressive, they will be. That’s just the way it is.”

The police report also says the suspect took out his cell phone and appeared to film the attack.

After a verbal altercation with William Bumgarner, the suspect took his dogs and ran off.

“She was 12 years old,” Patricia Bumgarner recalled. “I am just so upset, and I just hope and pray that somehow, somebody will find out who the suspect is, so he can get his justice.”

If you have any information about the suspect, call Jackson police at 731-425-8400.

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