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Detroit Neighborhood Residents On Edge Over Large Cat On The Loose

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An animal resembling a cat is apparently on the loose in Detroit and many residents are concerned after the creature has been seen roaming the streets in recent weeks.

While other parts of Detroit are being plagued with stray dogs, residents of one northeast neighborhood are on edge from sightings of a 4-foot-tall gray cat with black markings that animal officials believe may have been someone's exotic pet, according to MSN.

Residents have recalled their frightening experiences when seeing the cat.

“His tail is longer than my arm,” Antwaun Asberry, a 6-foot-5 Detroiter with a lanky build, said of the cat, in a Detroit Free Press story. “I was like, what the (expletive) ... I don’t know what it is. I just want it gone.”

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Residents have reportedly tried calling Detroit police and Animal Control, but have gotten no response. On Friday, the Michigan Humane Society said it will investigate the case and try to find the cat.

“We’re going to put some effort into this,” said Nancy Gunnigle, a director with the Humane Society. Cats this size, she said, are “not easy to catch.”

A leader with the neighborhood association where the cat is roaming said several residents have contacted him after seeing the big feline.

“I’m really concerned,” said Vondell Boyer, vice president of the Greenbrier Council. Boyer and other residents said they’re worried that if the cat runs out of rabbits, squirrels and other small critters to eat, it will target small kids.

The executive director of the World Animal Awareness Society Tom McPhee, who is helping conduct a study of stray dogs in Detroit, said there are about 10-20 stray cats in the city for every stray dog. A recent report said there are 50,000 stray dogs, but he said the actual figure is much lower.

Sources: MSN, Detroit Free Press