Louisiana woman is fair after pet leopard bites her

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 11 2004 12:00 a.m. MST

PORT SULPHUR, La. (AP) — A woman who had raised her pet leopard from a cub was mauled by the animal but survived after a deputy shot the 100-pound cat as its jaws were clamped on its owner's head, authorities said.

Julie Miles, 33, of Port Sulphur, was in fair condition Tuesday at West Jefferson Medical Center in Gretna, spokeswoman Benola Cooper said.

The leopard, named Jovani, let Miles go Monday after a Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputy shot it twice, sheriff's spokesman Maj. Charles Guey said.

The animal was not killed until Miles' brother-in-law arrived and killed it with a shotgun blast, Guey said.

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