CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A WINK News Exclusive. A terrifying attack inside a Cape Coral home sends a mother and daughter to the hospital. Authorities are calling the incident "extremely rare".
And what might surprise you isn't who the attacker was but what the attacker turned out to be. A feral cat!
It slipped through the doggy door of a home, and according to authorities attacked a mother and daughter.
Supervisor of Kennel Operations Darcy Andrade says feral animals will enter doggy doors in search of food. But this case of a feral cat attack inside a home is rare.
"That's not very common!" she said.
It happened 9:30 Tuesday night. Animal services says the cat bit one person, and scratched another. Cat bites can be dangerous. "Cat bites have a tendency to get infected, so anytime a cat bites we usually urge people to seek medical care," said Andrade.
The cat is under quarantine here at animal services. WINK-TV is not allowed to get video of it. It will remain here for 10 days and will be closely monitored.
There is a concern of rabies, but at this time, officials can't tell if the animal has rabies. So veterinarians will continue to watch the cat for any signs of illness.
Meanwhile, the health department has been notified.
Authorities also believe this is an isolated incident. "Chances are it got into the house, got terrified, scared, and acted like a feral cat did," Andrade said.
If the cat gets a clean bill of health, and if it calms down, it could be put up for adoption down the road.
The cat entered the doggy door at night. Animal Services says it's common for feral animals, especially cats, to search for food in the dark. That's because they are nocturnal.