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Residents on the city’s northeast side have seen what appears to be an exotic cat, perhaps as tall as 4 feet, roaming the streets.

Neighbors say it’s not your average house cat.

“He stays on that side of the street, I stay on my side of the street,” said Bobby Giddings of Detroit. “I stay away from it. I don’t like cats anyway. I’m a dog kind of guy.”

No one knows exactly what type of cat it is.

“This is like an African cat. This cat ain’t from here. The stripes. It’s just different,” said another resident.

The second cat was shot and killed by a neighbor on Thursday.

Cell phone images show the remaining cat sitting next to a car on Friday.

Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek from Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue says the images look like an exotic breed of cat known as a Savannah.

“What I think is that someone took this breed of cat on and then probably dumped it here,” she said. “They’re the wildest version of a domestic cat but they are not wild animals, they have been domesticated.”

Neighbors say they’ve called animal control for help and the Humane Society says it will be looking for the cat.

“I don’t think they need to be shooting them or hurting them, we need to get someone out there who knows what they’re doing to catch it,” said Bruzek.

Bruzek is trying to locate a large trap to help catch the cat herself.

She is asking that residents not harm the remaining cat but rather they call Paws for the Cause’s rescue line at 586-804-7297 or call the Humane Society if the cat is spotted.


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