Even Prozac can't tame Lewis the six-toed cat
Tuesday, May 23, 2006; Posted: 5:50 p.m. EDT (21:50 GMT)
FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (AP) -- Janet Kettman says she and her neighbors on Sunset Circle are always looking over their shoulders in fear the stalker will strike again.
"He attacks from the back," Kettman said Monday. "You never see it coming. He has six toes on every foot, which constitutes a very formidable weapon."
Kettman said she was attacked twice by Lewis the cat, whose owner was due back in court Tuesday on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment.
Ruth Cisero, the cat's owner, recently withdrew her bid for special probation and opted for trial because she would have had to allow Lewis to be euthanized.
Eugene Riccio, attorney for Cisero and Lewis, said "We're trying to negotiate a fair resolution of the case which will include Lewis' life being spared from the executioner."
On Tuesday, Cisero was in Bridgeport Superior Court on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment. A hearing was set for June 20 to determine whether she could get special probation and have her cat's life spared.
A few animal-rights protesters showed up Tuesday wearing T-shirts in support of Cisero and Lewis.
"They want to kill a cat for a scratch," said Marisa Sampieri of Fairfield, one of the cat's supporters. "These people have to get a life."
Neighbors say they have been terrorized by Lewis, saying the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed the cat to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car.
"I fear for the people on Sunset Circle," Kettman said. "Whenever you go out, you look in back of you to see if there is anything stalking you."
Kettman says she was a champion racquetball player, but at 76, the retired nurse is no match for Lewis. In the second attack last December, Kettman said Lewis bit her three times and left about eight deep scratches.
"He will not retreat," Kettman said. "His mouth is open and his tail is swishing."
"Also, he gives out mixed signals," Kettman continued. "He would sidle against you and purr. You bend down to pet him and he'd attack you."
Lewis was put on the antidepressant Prozac, but his owner was worried he became too sleepy, Kettman said.
There have been unconfirmed sightings lately of Lewis at 5 a.m., Kettman said.
Riccio confirmed that Lewis was on Prozac at one point. He said Cisero has kept her cat indoors, and he suggested Lewis' rap sheet is not as long as his neighbors say.
"I think the characterization of Lewis' prior conduct has been somewhat exaggerated," Riccio said.
Lewis has other supporters, who have sold more than 500 "Save Lewis" T-shirts to raise money for his defense fund.
The special probation offer with conditions was made at the insistence of one woman that Lewis attacked on February 20. In a letter to prosecutors, she said she would only agree to probation for Cisero if the cat were put to death.
Maybe they should euthanize the owner along with the cat. It is clear that she has chosen to embrace the darkness and along with all of those animal rights nutjobs, support the forces of evil. They must be eradicated along with the demonic beast if any of us are to know peace and safety. Satan marshals his forces and we must scourge them with flame and sword if we are to survive. The righteous should bar the doors and windows to the home and set the entire thing ablaze. If the body is not destroyed completely by flame and the ashes sown into the wind, it is possible that the infernal beast might yet return to serve its dark master.