Grandma strangles rabid bobcat outside her Georgia home

Deputies with the Hart County Sheriff’s Office later arrived as did an ambulance to take Phillips to a local hospital though she decided to drive herself

After the cat appeared to be lifeless, Phillips yelled for her daughter-in-law and told her to call the police. Phillips refused to let go of her grip on the cat, fearing it may not actually be dead. But her plans changed when she spied a bobcat.

"And I strangled it to death", said Phillips.

Phillips said she was able to get her hands around the animal's throat and strangled it, "If I had ever let it go, it would have been me, so I made sure I never let it go". The authorities discovered that the bobcat was rabid, so they burned the blood that was spilled outside the house.

She took a picture of the cat, and then it "took two steps and was on top of me". She had just bought a new truck, she told WYFF, and was fixing a bumper sticker to the back window of the new ride: "women who behave rarely make history".

"It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there", Phillips explained to OnlineAthens.

The Athens-Banner Herald reports DeDe Phillips of Hart County went outside on June 7 to take a picture when the bobcat lunged at her.

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To add to the terror of the attack, her 5-year-old granddaughter was sleeping inside her home.

She believes if she hadn't killed the rabid animal, it would have killed her.

When Phillps' son arrived, he stabbed the animal multiple times to ensure that it was deceased so that his mother would let go of it. Phillips anxious shouts and screams might bring the child outside, and give the bobcat a new target.

The Hart County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WGCL that they responded to Phillips' home for a bobcat attack. Although the cat gave her a run for her money by badly bruising her, breaking fingers on each of her hands, and getting some deep slashes in, Phillips ultimately came out victorious as she brought the animal to its death.

A bobcat attacked two men and a dog past year in Arizona, and later tested positive for rabies. The first round of rabies shots have already cost her $10,000.

"It was either me or the cat and it was going to be the cat that day", Phillips told WYFF.


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