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Animal control officer saves cat chased into a storm drain

Thomas the cat was between a rock and a hard place after being chased by a dog into a four-foot storm drain, where he became stuck. Thanks to Waynesboro animal control officer Dee Price, Thomas is once again a free cat, The News Virginian reports.

Price told the source that the rescue was one of the longest and most detailed she had done. During the rescue, which took two days, she used mirrors to track Thomas’ movements, animal food to attract him and eventually had to climb into the drain herself.

“She needs to be commended for this. She put forth every effort to get this cat out,’’ Thomas’ owner, Beverly Via, told the source.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that most strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.

Good willed citizens often pick up what they believe are strays and bring them to local shelters. To prevent your pets from mistakenly being taken to an animal shelter, make sure you provide them with the proper identification tags or embedded microchips, recommends the ASPCA.
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