New West realtor and client end up in hospital after catfight

Bryn Erin Ward is hoping she won’t be cast in Scarface when the bruises and scratches she’s sporting today fade away.

Ward, an actress who now works as a realtor, was showing a house in New Westminster on Tuesday when she and her client were mauled by a cat.

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“It was certainly a catfight that I didn’t win,” she told The Record Wednesday.

One of Ward’s clients escaped unharmed in the unprovoked attack, but the other needed medical attention at the hospital.

“I went to turn a light out and heard this weird noise. She went to look out the window. All of a sudden this cat, a feral cat, was on top of her,” Ward recalled. “She fell over a table and was on the ground, and this cat was attacking her.”

After escaping the animal, the women went to emergency at Royal Columbian Hospital. Ward said staff were shocked by the damage inflicted by a  cat.

“I jumped in to get the thing off of her. I have stitches in my face, I have a black eye, I am torn to pieces,” she said. “She got bitten all over her leg and tush.”
As a female realtor, Ward said it’s always in the back of her mind to be safe when showing homes to strangers.

“You worry about a serial killer coming to the door, but not a cat serial killer,” she said. “I never thought it would be a cat that would do this much damage to me.”

Unbeknownst to Ward and her client, the homeowner had brought a homeless cat into the house that he had been feeding. The female cat had recently given birth to kittens.

Ward wasn’t sure what became of the cat, but she has some sympathy for the momma cat as she realizes it was protecting its babies.  Still, she believes it’s important that realtors are informed if there are any pets in the home before showings take place.

“There were three of us there. This cat did not retreat,” she said. “This cat was insane. We were screaming like you wouldn’t believe. Usually you think when something attacks you it stops – it would not stop. I had this cat hanging off my face with its teeth in my face. All I could think of was not my face, anywhere else.”

A day after the attack, Ward cancelled showings to tend to her injuries. She hopes that the attack won’t result in any scarring.

Ward, who enjoyed a successful acting career in Hollywood, has appeared on shows including Party of Five, The Collector, Married with Children, Ellen, Diagnosis Murder. She’s live in New Westminster for more than a decade, where she’s raising her daughter and getting involved in community programs.

Ward, who “bled all over this person’s house” during Tuesday’s attack, said her client doesn’t want to buy the  home – cat or no cat.

“She had just said it wasn’t for her. After that happened she said, ‘that’s not really for me,’” she said. “We won’t be writing an offer.”

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