A stubborn cat made neighbors work together to rescue a cat suspended 25 feet above ground on an utility pole wire for 14 hours.
Crystal Benton and Dolores Rodriguez tried to figure out how to get the orange-and-white male cat down from the pole. They were afraid for his safety on the pole in the snowy weather.
Benton and Rodriguez first called the police and an animal control officer came out. The officer said that the cat would eventually come down and the risk to rescuers outweighed the danger to the cat.
They then tried to get help from the fire department and electric company, but both said it was not their job to rescue a cat.
The neighbors then tried to persuade the cat to come down with cat food, a chicken leg, the sound of a ravioli can being opened and some bells. One even tried shaking a box of cat food to lure the cat down, but all of the attempts were unsuccessful.
With the snow coming down, Benton and Rodriguez knew that they needed to get the cat down from the pole.
They parked Rodriguez’s SUV next to the pole, and Benton put a comforter over the top of the car. They brought a 6-foot plank from the back of a house and tried putting it up as an alternative to an asphalt landing.
Then another neighbor saw Benton and Rodiguez and came over to help. He tried to climb part of the way up the pole and extended the plank to the cat, and then he tried to get the cat off of the electrical wire by poking the cat in his belly.
The cat started to come down, but then quickly scrambled back up to the wire when he lost his footing.
The neighbor called for someone to bring a 17-foot ladder while Rodriguez’s husband came out to help.
He climbed on top of the truck and sent up the rescue plank. The cat began to involuntarily slide down from the pole and then did a 180-degree flip, and he finally shimmied down the pole.
The group of neighbors awaited the cat at the bottom with outstretched arms to provide a soft landing. They promised him lots of food and a warm home.
Rodriguez’s son cheered on, “Come on kitty, you can do it; we love you.”
The cat is back on solid ground now and has many new friends.
Source: Union Leader