A pet kitten that was stuck on an electricity pole was finally saved after concerned residents flooded the local electricity company – and even the mayor – with calls and e-mails for help.
The 11-month-old feline named Ruth had been trapped for at least two days after the neighbour’s dogs reportedly chased it away in Indio City, California.
Ruth’s owner, Heather Padilla, said the cat had not been home in four days so she started posting on social media and around the neighbourhood to search for leads.
Heather said: ‘About the fourth day she was gone, I was headed to work walking to my van and she saw me and started meowing.
‘I looked everywhere in the backyard, the front yard. I was looking over our brick wall thinking she was stuck in the neighbour’s yard. She sounded so close but so far away at the same time.’
Puzzled Heather then looked up and found the poor kitten stranded on top of the post. She promptly called several agencies like the fire department, the police station, and the electric company, but all allegedly refused to send manpower.
Out of options, Heather and the local community phoned Indio City Mayor Elaine Holmes, who promised to help rescue the kitten. Their concerted efforts finally bore fruit when electric company personnel arrived to save Ruth.
Video taken on November 16 shows the rescuers on a crane coaxing the frightened cat from its perch. The power was also temporarily shut down for 20 minutes for safety during the rescue operation.
Heather said: ‘We took her straight to the vet and they said she was fine. We brought her home and it took her a couple days, but she finally started eating again and she slept for a solid three days.
‘Finally she is fine and full of life again.
‘It was so traumatic for me, my husband and my kids, I couldn’t eat or sleep I was so worried. We took her straight to the vet and they said she was fine. We brought her home and it took her a couple days but she finally started eating again and she slept for a solid three days. Finally she is fine and full of life again.
‘I’m making sure everyone in this house is extra careful of not letting her out because she is sitting at every door looking at us so sad because she wants to go outside, but I’m so fearful I don’t want her to get hurt.
‘I’m so thankful for the word of mouth from everyone in this community and everyone that helped my baby kitty.’