War veteran may have to put down lynx -- his best friend

War veteran may have to put down lynx -- his best friend »Play Video

GLADSTONE, Ore. -- A 16-year friendship began with a chance trip to a fur factory.

"We went there with an attitude like at least we will save a couple of cats," said Patrick Clark.

Soon Clark and his pet lynx Sosha were inseparable.

"So I did the bottle feeding, the burping," Clark said.

He saved her from certain death, and she's returned the favor. She helps ease the veteran's post traumatic stress disorder.

"It's all about how they calm you down. It's unconditional love, that's what it is," Clark said.

Clark has built a cage for the animal and he's even had the cat declawed, but those security measures weren't enough to ease the concerns of one of his neighbors. A few months ago a complaint was filed against Clark.

"So we went through a process of evaluating and during that process we found state law does not permit very many, if any, truly wild species," said Gladstone Mayor Wade Byers.

The lynx was completely legal to own when Clark first bought her all those years ago,  but in 2009 lawmakers changed the rules.

Sosha is so old he worries she wouldn't survive a re-location. Now he's worried he may have to put down his  best friend.

"It's going to be hard not to be bitter, angry and sad. I will go through all the emotions. People say she's just a cat, but she's not just a cat to me," Clark said.