A dog running loose in a Paradise Valley neighborhood entered a house and killed a cat Tuesday morning, according to animal control.
Doug Smith, manager of Yucca Valley’s animal control department, said the town received a call about 8:09 a.m. Tuesday about a loose dog attacking a cat in a house in the 6400 block of Camarilla Avenue
The resident of the house, 80-year-old Rose Kirton, had her door cracked to let in the morning air when the stray dog stormed through and went straight for her cat, Kirton’s daughter Rhonda Theunissen said.
“This huge dog pushed open the door,” Kirton said. “It went straight for Willy, my cat.”
Feeling there was nothing she could do, she ran outside to call for help.
“It could have been me or a child,” Kirton said. “That dog could have wiped me out in no time; I am frail.”
Smith said animal control took photos of the scene and took care of the deceased cat.
“The owner of the dog relinquished custody of the dog to the shelter for euthanasia,” he added.
Kirton said Willy was a big cat, about 30 pounds, and was an absolute sweetheart.
“I love you and I’ll miss you, Willy,” Kirton said while admiring a photo of him. “I know that my animals will eventually have to die, but they don’t have to die like that.”
Since the incident, she said, it has been hard for her to sleep.
“The important thing is the dog is no longer posing a risk to the people in that neighborhood,” Smith said.