The cat who was rescued on Friday, Aug. 10 from an electric pole needs to find its home.
The rescue went as planned and the line-worker was able to quickly grab the frightened cat from the pole, but when they got to the ground the cat took off running and entered a wooded area.
Kierston Perkins found the cat in her backyard brush line near the pole, crying shortly after the rescue.
She says the cat appears to be very weak and thin. Her fur is very matted.
The cat is currently staying at her home, but she is unable to house the cat for very long.
If this is your cat or may know whose it might be, contact us so we can help find this daredevil kitty its home.
A utility pole is not a good refuge for a scared cat in rural Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Sometime on Thursday, August 9, the white cat, seen in a photograph sent by viewer Cheryl Kirkley Lorent, climbed the large utility pole and remained on the lowest cross-arm.
No matter what those living nearby or the owner did, nothing would entice the cat to come down.
The utility pole is located in the Shadow Rock Lake Subdivision on Highway C, which is old Highway 67.
The cat was reportedly be spotted on the cross-arm of the pole from County Road 482.
We're told the Butler County Fire Protection District and M & A Electric Power Cooperative were contacted about trying to rescue the cat.
Fire Chief Bob Fredwell told us that he would not be sending crews to rescue because it could put personnel in danger due to the electrical lines. Chief Fredwell says firefighters have in the past have rescued cats from trees and animals in danger in other situations.
M & A Electric Power Cooperative, which owns the pole, says the cross-arms support 69,000 volts of high-transmission lines which feed some substations.
Steve Pogue, Manager of Operations at M & A Electric Power Cooperative, says the cat was not in danger of getting electrocuted but would it until lunch-time on Friday to come down on its own before taking action.
Before 1 p.m., electric crews shut off the power (de-energized) the lines at both ends of the transmission feed. A worker in a bucket was then lifted up to the stuck cat and got the animal off the pole.
No one was hurt in the rescue, but the cat could only have the proverbial 8-lives left.
After the rescue, crews about four-to-five-miles away were able to begin re-energizing the lines.
According to Pogue, in at least the past 25 years, they have never had a situation like this before.
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