Stranded cat escapes on 4th day atop power pole

ckrotzer@theolympian.comAugust 3, 2013 

A cat stranded at the top of a telephone pole in Tenino that had neighbors worried for four days came down on his own during a rescue attempt Friday and fled into the woods.

The cat, described as a “teenaged” black-and-white cat, was perched atop the pole at the corner of Bronson Street and Offut Lake Road until early Friday morning, according to neighbor Noreen Cregg.

“It was so hard to drive by that every day,” Cregg said.

She and other neighbors put out food and water trying to coax the cat down, but to no avail. After calls to Animal Services, Puget Sound Energy and the local fire department, many thought the cat would meet its fate atop the pole.

Dustin Wade of Animal Services of Thurston County said his agency contacted PSE, but representatives said they would not get the cat down. Fire officials said they could not go up and get the cat unless the power was shut down.

But Friday morning, a PSE representative did go to the scene, Cregg said. He was on his way up to retrieve the cat when the cat ran down the pole.

“It’s a really dangerous pole with a lot of stuff going on up there,” Cregg said. “He went up to get it, and the cat ran down and into the woods.”

The cat hasn’t been seen since.

“Several people who had lost cats came out to look at it, and it wasn’t theirs,” she said.

Cregg believes the cat was feral.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 @chelseakrotzer

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