A TEXAN woman was recovering today after being saved from a vicious pit bull attack by her pet cat.
KHOU-TV in Houston said Cherry Woods, 39, was attacked near her home in Pearland, Texas, on the morning of May 21 by two pit bulls that escaped from a neighbour's yard and charged at her, knocking her down several times.
Hearing her screams, Mrs Woods' husband Harold Woods, ran out of the home to try and tear the dogs away from his wife - but it was their pet cat Lima that ended up saving the day.
"Our cat came out of the bushes, and scratched one of the dogs and started hissing at it. They both turned their attention to the cat. I was able to grab my wife and pull her inside the house," Harold Woods told KHOU.
However, Harold Woods expressed total shock at the bravery performed by Lima, saying it was very uncharacteristic of the normally shy animal.
"She's the most reclusive, timid animal I've ever seen," he said. "I'm very glad that we had (Lima) and that she was here, because when it came down to my wife getting hurt, she jumped right in. It's amazing."
The two pit bulls have been quarantined at the City of Pearland's Animal Shelter. A hearing is being held today to determine whether the two dogs will be put down or returned to their owners.
Lima now keeps watch over her owner's recovery.
"It's still hard but it’s getting better," Cherry Woods said.