Ezekiel Elliot’s dad investigated over exotic cat shot dead by cops
An African wild cat believed to be owned by the Cowboys star’s father terrorized his Ohio neighborhood before it was shot dead by deputies — and now he’s facing possible felony charges, it was revealed Wednesday.
The mid-sized spotted feline — a breed called a Serval that can stand 2 feet at the shoulder and weigh up to 40 pounds — was first seen by neighbors on Saturday.
Jim Zuber and another neighbor watched the leopard-spotted pet roam his front yard, according to WBNS-10TV.
“We thought we were keeping an eye on it, and the truth is it was more stalking us,” Zuber said.
Zuber said it had a pet collar on but looked it wanted to pounce.
“It was kind of creeping towards us, and as we took a step backward, it would take steps toward us and when we made noise to shush it away, it hunched back in a position to leap forward,” he told NBC 4.
Neighbor Kim Oskin told WBNS-10TV that she picked up her daughters from a friend’s house after parents texted each other warnings the cat was on the prowl.
Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday, shooting and felling the feline after it attacked a neighborhood dog.
“I don’t know how long it had been out [or] when it had last eaten, but over time they’re going to resort back to their normal behaviors,” Chief Deputy Lape told WBNS-10TV.
There have been no prior violations at the location, Croft said, and the investigation is ongoing.
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