In New Jersey this week, a feral tomcat was rescued from the prospect of spending a lifetime looking like a framed picture of himself. Seven months ago, the black cat put his head through a hole in latticework under a house, and became stuck. Animal Control Officer Don Montgomery tried to free the cat (who he has since named “Lucky”), first breaking off a section of the latticework, but Lucky had other ideas and took off with 4 inches of latticework still around his neck.
The big black cat stayed in the neighborhood but avoided capture for seven months. Miraculously, he sustained no injuries from his latticework collar.
On Jan. 8, Montgomery set a trap outside a crawlspace beneath a house where Lucky was hiding. The next day Lissy Holryd, the trap, neuter and release coordinator for the Animal Alliance of Cape May County set a larger trap and caught him. Veterinarian Matt Schwert drove to the shelter to remove the latticework and while he was at it, did some snip-snip-snipping and took care of Lucky’s boy bits.
Lucky was released back to his neighborhood on Jan. 11th. Montgomery said he would frame the latticework and hang it in his office.