After a few minutes trying to find a way out the cat made its escape through an open sliding glass door at the backend of the house.
Once outside and the door shut closed, Morse called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The cat was pacing back and forth on the family’s patio when wildlife officers arrived at the Sarasota County home.
“The cat was aggressive. For him to come in that front door, attack that dog, through the living room and into the lanai ... very aggressive,” Morse said.
Two wildlife officers, each with a catch pole in hand, cornered the bobcat as the family watched and taped the encounter from inside.
The officer nearly had the cat roped when the animal felt trapped and went on the attack, given the office a good size scratch, luckily he was able to avoid serious injury as his ballistic vest took the brunt of the bobcat claws.
Amazingly the officers remained calm and continued wrangling the cat until they managed to get the catch rope around his neck and took him away.
The Bobcat, unfortunatly had to be put down after it tested positive for rabies and the remains were taken to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County says at least two bobcat attacks have been reported within 4 miles of each other in Venice, and officials issued a rabies alert for both Venice and North Port for 60 days.
The injured officer was treated at the North Port Regional Medical Center, needless to say, Morse’s entire family has decided to get shots for rabies as a precaution.