Town Mobilizes to Rescue Cat With Head Stuck in Storm Grate


Last week, Braintree, Mass., Plumbing Inspector Andy Lyne was beginning his rounds when he noticed a cat in what appeared to be severe distress.

As Lyne approached, he saw what the problem was: The black-and-white cat had its head stuck in a storm grate.

Lyne called his office, which was located nearby, and requested that someone bring soap, petroleum jelly, or food-grade oil in hopes of lubricating the cat and freeing its head.

Four other employees from Braintree’s Building and Health Division came to the rescue, but after 20 minutes of unsuccessful attempts to get the cat un-stuck, they called for backup.

But even the fire department and the police department were unable to ease the cat out of the grate.

At that point, the rescuers knew they needed the assistance of a veterinarian. Firefighters carefully picked up the grate and the cat and transported the forlorn feline to the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in nearby Weymouth. There, the cat was sedated and its head carefully removed from the grate.

Thanks to the efforts of Lyne and co-workers, two fire trucks, and a few police officers, the cat is now recovering from its ordeal and looking for a new home.

In an e-mail to Peter Morin, chief of staff and operations for Braintree, Director for the Department of Municipal Licenses and Inspections Marybeth McGrath summarized the efforts best.

I admit that this type of response and rescue is definitely out of the ordinary,” she said, “but [it] clearly demonstrates the exceptional compassion and wonderful teamwork exhibited by our town employees for every resident of the town, even if in this case it does have four legs.”

[Source: Boston Globe]

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