$2,000 fine levied against woman who owned caracal cat

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In City Administrative Court Wednesday, Amy Doyle admitted to five violations.

The Pantagraph reports the counts were failure to register a cat, two counts of failure to register a dog, one county of allowing a cat to run at large, and one count of allowing a dog to run at large. Doyle was fined $2,000.

The case comes after the exotic caracal cat owned by Doyle injured two people. The cat was shot during the incident by police.

On June 23, Bloomington police responded to the call at a home on the 100 block of Locust Street. 

When they arrived, a witness said the large cat was walking down the sidewalk when it attacked a child. The child’s mother intervened and was able to distract the animal.

Officials on the scene say the animal lunged at animal control and police, who put the cat down with a single shot. 

The woman and her child were treated for puncture wounds and scratches. 

City officials told the paper Bloomington does not have an ordinance concerning exotic animals.

Caracals were once trained for hunting birds in India and Iran. The Big Cat Rescue says Caracals are often referred to as the desert lynx.

The Caracal does not actually possess the same physical attributes of members of the lynx family, such as the characteristic ruff of hair around the face. Instead, it has a short, dense coat, usually a uniform tawny-brown to brick-red, and black (melanistic) individuals have been recorded. As the name implies, the backs of the ears are black and topped with long black tufts about 1.75 inches long. This tuft is the characteristic that caracals do share with the members of the lynx family. 

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