Police and officials at an animal hospital in Stafford County, Va., worked together to free a cat that was found stuck in a storm drain on Thursday.
According to a Facebook post posted by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department, a sergeant responded to a call involving a cat that was “stuck” in a storm drain. The cat was then taken to a local veterinary hospital to await its owner.
“He was unable to free the feline and contacted Aquia-Garrisonville Veterinary Hospital for assistance,” the caption reads. “Vets at the animal hospital responded and were up for the challenge.”
The non-profit organization PAWS advises that a stray or lost pet should be taken to a local animal shelter.
Anyone who finds an animal is encouraged to file a found animal report, post signs, and share information about the found animal online.
An animal that is brought to a shelter or to a veterinarian can be scanned for a microchip.
“A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin of an animal,” PAWS said. “Information is encoded on the chip to identify the animal.”
This microchip can provide information about the owner of the animal.
In photos shared by the Sheriff’s Department, the upper half of the cat’s body is seen sticking out of the storm drain.
A second photo shows two people as they worked to remove the cat from the drain.
“The cat, now affectionately known as ‘Storm,’ has been sedated and removed from the sewer,” the Facebook post read. “Storm is resting comfortably in our shelter, hoping that its owner will see this message! »
Facebook users applauded the efforts of those who responded.
“As an animal lover, it always warms my heart that officers are so compassionate to animals and go the extra mile to help the 4-legged members of our community,” one person said.
“Great job saving this poor kitty,” wrote another.
Some said they hoped the cat was microchipped to ensure it could be returned to its owners.
“A simple chip can tell the difference between where your family is or not,” commented one Facebook user. “Some animals may leave their home range.”
Others took the incident as a way of joking about the unfortunate position the cat was in.
“Kitty needs to fire [the] cat treats,” one Facebook user wrote. “Thanks for helping out Biggy Storm.”
“Purrrr end this story,” another commented. “Thank you OSCS and Aquia Hospital.”
Newsweek contacted the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department and Aquia-Garrisonville Veterinary Hospital for further comment.
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