ODESSA, Texas (CBS Houston) – A pet mountain lion attacks a 4-year-old boy, sending him to the hospital.

The attack happened Sunday afternoon at his aunt’s house in West Odessa.

Odessa police say that the lion reached out and grabbed the boy when he stood close to its cage.

“He was in a cage that had large openings, so if you stood to close to it, he could reach out,” Odessa Police Department Cpl. Sherrie Carruth told the Odessa American.

The little boy was sent to Medical Center Hospital after receiving lacerations, puncture wounds and a bite mark in the mauling, according to the paper.

A neighbor described to the Odessa American the commotion during the attack.

“I heard someone say, ‘He’s got him.’ That’s all I heard, just screaming and chaos,” the neighbor told the paper. “And you could hear them saying, ‘Somebody call 9-1-1. Somebody get a gun.’”

There has yet to be any updates on the child’s condition.

The animal was euthanized and is being tested for rabies.

Comments (5)
  1. Jenna says:

    They should have euthanized the owner…

  2. Linda says:

    Where the heck was the boys’ mother and why was this mountain lion killed. The cat was in a cage, the mother should have been a safe distance back with the boy, the cat should not have been killed. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  3. Annon says:

    This is disgusting. The Mountain Lion should not have been euthanized, the parents and aunt should be. This is why we shouldn’t be putting wild animals in cages, they are WILD!! Wild animals are NOT pets!!!

  4. anna hickok says:

    another sad case of an innocent animal being killed .being caged up is bad enough but kill animal that is caged up why? I wish there was something or someway we could form a voice to protect these animals from the abuse and neglect any ideas or help would be appreciated i may be contacted on face book anna kern hickok thanks

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