When people in Santa Fe heard the unmistakable cries of a cat in a cistern last week, they knew that they had to do something. The cat was stuck down the pipe off a culvert for more than four days, and a little girl was able to get into the pipe and get in on her own to see that there was, indeed, a cat in there that needed her attention. Thankfully, the cistern was not filled with water, but that could chance any moment with the 17-foot pipe. With him stuck so far down in the pipe, residents immediately decided that they could call the local Humane Society as well as Felines and Friends. The rescues both came out to the area and a game plan to rescue the hungry, scared cat was put into place.
The manhole cover was difficult to open, so gaining access to the cistern was a problem. That’s when the city was called. They used their special machinery to remove the dirt from around the lid so that a neighbor could lower his ladder down into the hole to rescue the cat. The city employee that helped to open the manhole cover made the decision to don a pair of gloves and head down into the hole himself to rescue the cat. He was able to bring him back up in no time at all. He’s perfectly healthy, being evaluated and will eventually go up for adoption if no one claims him. The city is working to secure this location so that animals and kids are no longer able to access it and potentially become stuck on their own.
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