MILWAUKEE — A stray Pit Bull is recovering after a man mistook him for a lion-like creature roaming the streets of Milwaukee this week.
The dog, affectionately called Simba by the media, was shot in the leg by a nervous resident on high alert after a video of a prowling lion had surfaced, inciting a media frenzy.
Karen Sparapani, executive director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, states that the bullet went through the dog’s leg and fractured his bone. As for the dog’s wonderful personality she says:
“He’s actually the sweetest dog in the world, couldn’t be more gentle.”
Unfortunately, he will need to be in a cast for six weeks and get medication for pain, but Simba’s owners were located and he was scheduled to go back home on Thursday.
The Department of Wildlife Resources was dispatched to see if a lion really could be roaming the streets. They did confirm that there are three different wildcats that are native to Wisconsin, and the chief of police agreed that it was theoretically possible for the big cat to have come down from the northern part of the state. As of yet, no lions have been found, although after examining the tracks, biologists and experts have determined there is, in fact, a large cat roaming the streets of Milwaukee.