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Pitbull attacked by bobcat

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"I'm from the country, up in east Texas and I've been hunting and playing in the woods all my life...It was definitely a bobcat."

Jake Trammell was standing on the back porch of his Round Rock home when he spotted the wild cat.

"Right in here, somewhere," Jake said. "How long do you think that you guys had even been outside before you saw it come up and over?"

"Maybe, two minutes."

Once the bobcat was in the yard, it lunged straight for one of Jake and Dana's pitbulls.

"It was on her before I could blink or say anything," said Jake.

Sasha's right front leg was cut down to the bone.

She was bleeding, covered in gashes and going into shock.

Dana said, "Kimber jumped on top of the bobcat to try and save Sasha."

Frantically, Jake searched for something to help his two pits.

He found a pick axe.

"Tried to use the pointed end of it and get the bobcat," Jake added. "I hit it two or three times. It took off and went back over the fence."

Getting Sasha to the vet was a concern, but so were the neighborhood children playing right here, in the front yard.

Dana said, "It could have gone straight over both fences...there might be more out there."

The couple needed $1,000 to cover the immediate emergency costs.

"We didn't have it," said Dana. "My brother stepped up...and got her the $500 through the night."

"I was not going to let anything happen to her," said Katherine Mitchell, a 16-year-old who recently started a local non-profit organization called Roman's Rescue.

"We clearly didn't have enough money for all of it. We had some, but I paid for some of it."

Sasha's right front leg may have permanent nerve damage.

"She's gonna need a lot more care...so we're still accepting donations," said Katherine.

Dana added, "Roman's Rescue really did save Sasha because without it...the chances of them putting her to sleep, were probably what they were going to do."

You can see and hear the I-35 traffic from their backyard.

This isn't exactly where you'd envision a bobcat confrontation.

"I'm glad I had something other than feet, to kick it," Jake said.

The Trammell's say it's also the second time in a month that a bobcat has attacked.

FOX 7 called Round Rock animal control to find out if officers are going to continue searching for the bobcat, but we still haven't heard back.





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