Kitten Evades Pit Bull Attack, Hitches Ride to Palm Springs

Banning man arrives at work to find a kitten stuck in his minivan's quarter panel.

A kitten that made the trip from Banning to Palm Springs stuck in the front quarter panel of a minivan after surviving a pit bull attack is now up for adoption at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

The kitten was discovered by the owner of the Dodge Minivan after he had driven to his job in Palm Springs on Monday morning, said Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff. Prior to driving to work, the man discovered that his minivan had been damaged by his four Pit Bulls while parked outside his Banning home. The damage, which he initially attributed to the dogs attacking a rodent or other unknown animal, included body damage and a flat tire. The man changed the tire and drove his regular 25-mile commute to work.

Upon arriving to work and discovering the kitty, the man called animal control for assistance. The kitten was rescued after 40 minutes were spent dismantling the bumper and fender of the minivan in order to reach her, according to Kovaleff.

The kitten was named Fender-Lynx.

"'Fender for the area where she was rescued from and 'Lynx' based on the Lynx-like appearance of the tufts on her ear tips," said Kovaleff. She is believed to be an American short hair tabby and around 7-weeks-old.

Fender-Lynx is recovering from her eventful day at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter where she will be up for pre-adoption on Saturday. Her adoption fee is $20, which includes her spay surgery, vaccinations and microchipping.

The shelter is located at 4575 E. Mesquite Ave. For more information, call 760-323-8151.

Mr C August 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
If you have four pit bulls that almost chewed off the fender of your car it's time to get rid of the dogs.
ATC August 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Wow, if I owned 4 dogs that did that kind of damage to my vehicle, I'd have 4 DEAD dogs!
brenda chambers August 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
if they did that to a car imagine what they would do to a child......bad bad dogs and bad bad owner!!!!
concerned citizen August 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Agreeing with everyone. Hate Pits. I have almost been killed by Pits twice.
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I'm thankful the kitten is safe, but my gosh, why would anyone have a dog who could do that to a car? And there are 4 of them? Now that's scary!
Beaumont Resident August 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I have shepards that would eat cats but not harm a child. Just because it's a pit bull doesn't mean they are bad dogs! You guys are ridiculous. There are good dogs and bad dogs just like people. you get good people and bad people..dont matter what race or gender..It is that way with every species. Also, most of the dogs that are bad dogs have been trained to be that way. Alot of dogs don't like cats..Thats just a fact...Cats don't like dogs just as much so feelings pretty much mutual...Pits can be very good and gentle pets..depends on breeding qualities and how they are raised..Dont be so biased..
Mr C August 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Sorry BR, these are bad dogs. Have you seen the damage they did to his car!!?? That alone is enough to get rid of them. Your generalization of bad dogs and good dogs is not really applicable here.
ATC August 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Look at the damage on that van! Very few dogs could do that. The problem with Pits is that they are so powerful that when they do go bad, the damage is significant. And they are genetically more likely to "snap" and go bad, even if they were "raised well". How many times do you see the owners of a pit that attacked another animal (or a kid) say: "But he's always been so gentle..." Sorry, but pits are a mistake of nature, IMO. And the "gangsta" mentality that many pit owners have has destroyed what little credibility they may have once had as legitimate pets.
Clay Hund August 23, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Holy cow, some of the statements on here are absolutely rediculous. The media will always have a bad dog, and it happens to be the pit bull this generation. Listen to all of you know-it-alls talking about pit bulls like you are experts. Pit bulls are so strong, blah, blah, blah.... Have you ever lived or worked with pit bulls? Some of you are all so ignorant. Seriously, pit bulls are way over reported in the news, and this article is a prime example. My lab chewed my bumper on my car years ago. He was a big dog. And BTW, dogs go after cats many times, and I do not think it is limited to pit bulls. Jeez, ignorance about pit bulls is over the top. Go volunteer at your local shelter, and see that pit bulls are like any other dog. 99% of you are experts, but I bet you experts believe pit bull is one breed. Pit bull is pretty much a generic description for the look of a dog, and can be many different breeds. Bunch of sheeple learning from hearsay and media hype.
Clay Hund August 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Theodore Roosevelt had a pit bull. So did Woodrow Wilson. So did Helen Keller, General George Patton. The first and most decorated dog of war was a pit bull. The dog in the Little Rascals, Petey, he was a pit bull. Michael J Fox and a ton of other famous celeberties have pit bulls. Pit bulls are owned by all walks of life. You don't know anything about pit bulls, and it is blatantly obvious. Wanna know why ganstas choose pit bulls? Because of ignorance which leads to public fear. That's right, they choose the dog that is feared the most at the time. Pit bulls, believe it or not, used to be regarded as highly respected family dogs in the first half of the 1900s. In the 1980s, thugs started using them, and it was that reason they got a bad rap. Learn about your topic before propagating myths.
concerned citizen August 24, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Pit Bulls enjoy killing people. PERIOD!!! They should be banned. You owners of these monsters are the ignorant ones.
Luv for pibbles August 24, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Great job CH! I am the foumder and president of a pit bull rescue. We not only focus on saving dogs...but we also focus on education, breed awareness, and responsible ownership. Us at The Merit Pit Bull Foundation strive for a compassionate world where pit bull type dogs live in responsible homes and where owner education, training and anti-cruelty legislation support all owners regardless of breed. Check us out on Facebook. In the 70'smiddle it was German Shepard's, the 80'sam it was Dobermans, in the 90'sam it was Rottweiler's, now it is Pit Bull 's. When will people understand...its not the dog...it is how they are raised. Tie any fog up to a tree and see how they turn out!
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 24, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I really don't care who has, or had, a Pit Bull. I've seen Pit Bulls chew through a chain link fence. Some Pit Bulls are trained to be threatening or vicious, which can also be caused by selective breeding. Many pet boarding facilities are cautious about boarding a Pit Bull. If your Lab chewed through your car bumper, either it was tied up/confined or badly trained. BTW, the most commonly used breed, in the US, for illegal dog fighting is the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Mr C August 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM
All you defenders of the breed have FAILED to make any kind of comment on the actual damage these dogs have done. Look at that car!! All of your general references do little to change the minds of people that can see with their own eyes what these dogs have done. I don't care if the dogs were Chihuahuas, that kind of behavior is horrifying!
Jon Miranda August 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Indisputable proof that pit bulls are dangerous.
Jon Miranda August 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Funny. Nowt we have indisputable proof that pit bulls are dangerous.
Jon Miranda August 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Dummy. You derail your comment with chihuahuas. Chihuahuas cannot do this type of damage.
concerned citizen August 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
yes, it was first German Shepherds, then Dobies, BUT these breeds did not go around tearing apart and killing other dogs and people and enjoying it. I know of several pits who were raised properly and still turned.
Clay Hund August 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
LOL, really? Well I guess you just have shown the world that you don't know anything about dogs. my German Shepherd growing up used to chase cats all of the time. She actually killed a few of them. Pit bulls enjoy killing? Can you then explain to me why so many of them end up as bait dogs, rather than fighting dogs?
Mr C August 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Someone's a dummy Jon. Why don't you read what I said. I said nothing about chihuahuas doing that kind of damage.
ATC August 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
CC, don't bother even debating Clay Hund...Just google him and you'll see what I mean. He is a complete nutcase when it comes to these dangerous animals. I'm not sure how or why he found this article, but he lives to defend pits.
little g August 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM
You know what I'd call a dog that did that to my truck? Not my dog.
concerned citizen August 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
You are right, Gary. You can't change stupidity
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Dogs can be trained not to chase cats, or other dogs. Look at Guide and Service Dogs. The problem is the owners who encourage the dog. I have a cat who chases dogs our of our yard. She will not leave our yard and is trained not to chase birds. If a cat can be trained, so can a dog.
Aaron Alexander August 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
This is such an ignorant statement. Dogs are like children, they are a reflection of their owners. There just happen to be a lot of bad Pitbull owners. Most of the time these "pit haters" don't even know what kind of breed they are bashing. As long as it has that famous Pitbull look they will hate it. With that mentality we should be banning anything that could hurt someone else(Cars, alcohol, rx drugs, etc). Ban Ban Ban. Great solution. BTW I personally know more kids attacked by Chihuahuas than Pitbulls, I say we ban dogs outright! LOL (sarcasm)
Michelle St.Marie September 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Wow ....hope she finds a gOOd home!


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