PORTLAND-- It appears that "Lux" the cat is in the dog house, at least temporarily.
The 22-pound house cat became a viral sensation after he terrorized his Portland family into calling 911. On Monday, Lux's owners dropped the heap of Himalayan he-cat trouble at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.
The story of Lux the cat, who has a "violent history" according to his owners, exploded coast to coast after the crazed kitty scratched a baby, went berserk and scared his family so much they locked themselves in the bedroom of their Portland apartment and called the cops.
On March 11, police released the frantic 911 call in which the cat can be heard screeching in the background as his owner, Lee Palmer, says in a panicked voice: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door!"
The owners, Palmer and Teresa Barker, had said that they would not give up the cat, but they might seek therapy for him.
Then on Monday, Lux was taken to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter, leaving many scratching their heads and wondering if he'd been given up for adoption.
Last week, Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson wondered aloud if divorce was avoidable and if the cat might be able to reform his wild ways.
"Maybe it's something that can be worked out through mediation between the family and cat," Simpson said.
That might still be the case. Lee Palmer said Monday he is not, in fact, giving up on Lux yet.
He wouldn't be any more specific other than to say, "We have some help coming from out of state."
Palmer appears to be bringing in the big guns for this cat quandary. We'll keep you posted.