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Austin Cat Disfigured In Neighbor's Steel Trap

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 05:05 PM CDT

His name is Pizza.  The two-year old cat is settling into life as an indoor cat.  It's a big change considering the curious boy likes to roam the great outdoors.

"So it was normal for him to be out all night and then come in early in the morning," said Louis Lemuz.

But that all changed on June 6th when Pizza didn't come home.  His dad found him in the front yard of a neighbor's house.

"He wasn't moving for some reason, making some disturbing noises," added Lemuz.

Lemuz quickly realized a steel trap held his cat's back right leg.

"I was really freaking out, in a panic, looking for any help I could get," recalled Lemuz.

With no one around to help, Lemuz freed Pizza himself.  It took a tedious 15 minutes.

"I was terrified I thought he was going to die.  It was horrible," said Lemuz.

According to an arrest affidavit these types of traps are triggered when the animal steps between the jaws which causes them to slam shut.  They're also prohibited by the city of Austin code.

KEYE TV tried talking to the owner of the trap who faces an animal cruelty charge but no one came to the door.  Pizza, meanwhile, is learning how to live without three of his toes.

"He had an infection that kind of spread causing his toes to decay," said Tiffany Dedmond.

And his parents have to figure out a way to pay the $2,700 vet bill.

"I think it's awful and people should know it's not okay," added Dedmond.

According to the same arrest affidavit a detective located a second trap on the homeowner's property.  The report doesn't say what the homeowner was using the traps for. 

(Photo from Louis Lemuz.)

By Alex Boyer

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Austin Cat Disfigured In Neighbor's Steel Trap

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