Monday, November 8, 2010
Local Cat Beaten In Bar Fight Over Pretzel
A local cat was beaten in a bar brawl that involved six cats Saturday evening, police said.
The cat, a 4-year-old, neutered Domestic Short Hair named Tater Tot is in satisfactory condition at Stevens Hospital.
The fight reportedly broke out after Tater made a “quick move” on the last peanut butter-filled pretzel left in the bowl on the barroom counter top.
Peanut butter-filled pretzels are tasty snacks with a sordid history of causing battles
"All of a sudden some guys surrounded Tater," said a witness. "One of them, who had a bald shaved head, started to tease him and told him he was cute. Then another cat appeared and he hit (Tater) in the face before taking the last pretzel.”
Witnesses said this started a physical argument between Tater and the cat, who hit him repeatedly in the face with a stainless steel drink muddler.
Other guests of the club allegedly helped to pull the two apart from each other. The rowdy cat took off into the men’s bathroom to eat the pretzel.
This Pug was kicked unconscious by a cat who then fled the scene
Early in the investigation it wasn't known what caused the fight, which broke out around 11:45 p.m. at Harvey‘s Lounge on Aurora Avenue.
Since that time witnesses have come forward to relate who had claim on the last pretzel.
Witnesses said Tater and another unidentified cat had been discussing (the pretzel) politely, saying “’you take it, no you take it,’” the witness said.
The fight occurred last night at Harvey’s Lounge on Aurora Avenue
A group of cats who had been watching grew angry at the discourse and forced their way to the bar to claim the pretzel and the fight broke out. One cat knocked a small Pug unconscious and repeatedly teased and kicked him before fleeing the scene.
The manager said the cats involved were regulars at the bar but it was not clear to him who should have had the last pretzel.
Witnesses told police a cat later exited the men’s room breathing heavily and smelling like peanut butter with salt on his chin.
Sharyn Thoma Guay reporter-at-large
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