LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — Fire crews in Livermore took part in an unusual rescue today after a cat was found stuck in a light pole, a battalion chief said.
Workers at construction contracting company in the 2000 block of Research Drive called authorities around 7:25 a.m. after they found the animal stuck in an uninstalled light pole lying on the ground, Livermore-Pleasanton fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said.
Fire crews arriving on the scene found the cat stuck in the narrowest part of the pole unable to move its limbs.
After trying unsuccessfully for more than an hour to move the cat back to a wider part of the pole, workers used a metal cutting saw to cut the pipe just below the cat and firefighters were able to pull it from the pipe, Testa said.
“The cat appeared tattered and fatigued, but was awake, moving all limbs and still had some fight left that provided a good test for the thick leather firefighting gloves,” the battalion chief said in a statement.
The cat was later taken to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin where personnel were unable to find a microchip or any other identifying information.
Testa said the cat appears to be feral and that at least one person has already offered to adopt it.
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