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Nightside Report Oct. 13, 2021: African caracal cat escapes owner in Royal Oak, More families speak out on treatment of loved ones at Wayne County morgue

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News Brief, 10/13/2021, 6 p.m. Update
News Brief, 10/13/2021, 6 p.m. Update

‘Unregulated’ African caracal cats have escaped from same Royal Oak owner ‘at least 3 times’

DETROIT – The owner whose African caracal is currently on the loose in Royal Oak owns several of the cats, and they have escaped at least three times, police said.

Royal Oak officers were called around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 13) to a home in the 700 block of East La Salle Avenue because “several large African caracal cats” had escaped their enclosure, they said.

Two cats were found in an “unsecured enclosure,” and a third was discovered in the area and returned to the home, according to authorities.

One of the cats is still on the loose, police said. It was last seen in the area of 13 Mile and Rochester roads.

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The latest: Michigan reports 8,671 new COVID cases, 110 deaths -- average of 4,336 cases per day

Metro Detroit weather: Tracking yet another severe storm threat

As expected, our Hump Day turned out to be a pretty nice day, with sunshine breaking out and temperatures reaching the low to mid-70s (22 to 24 degrees Celsius).

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4 Fast Facts

  • Another person spoke with the Local 4 Defenders to share a horror story about how her loved one’s body was treated at the Wayne County morgue. Click here to read more.
  • Four security guards have been charged in connection with the 2014 death of a man after an altercation at Northland Mall in Southfield. Click here to read more.
  • Local and federal law enforcement are together investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a 9-year-old Farmington Hills girl. Click here to read more.
  • Grief is not even strong enough of a word to describe the unbearable pain the family of Deshawn “Chop” Peterson is going through. After fighting for so long, they decided to pull the plug just days ago, with no idea of who fired shots in the first place. Click here to read more.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.