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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Apr 25, 2004
Location: Spokane, Washington

Animal: Cats, Bobcat
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Circus
Facility Name: El Katif Shrine Circus

Category: Escape of animal, Animal Death
Species: Small Cat

Summary: At least 10 cats and a bobcat were killed when a travel trailer parked inside the Spokane Veterans Arena for El Katif Shrine Circus caught fire. The owners were thought to be subcontractors who provided animals to the circus. As firefighters tried to control the heavy smoke coming from the arena, another bobcat ran through the legs of a firefighter to escape the smoke. A security worker and circus employee were treated for smoke inhalation.

Source: Spokesman Review

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