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Animal Services Seeking Owner of Friendly Feline

Two officers worked together to free a feline that had somehow got itself stuck between two brick walls in Cathedral City.

Officer Matthew Perez responded to the 67100 block of Rando Road on Tuesday morning (May 26) after a nearby resident heard the cat meowing and contacted Animal Services shortly before 7 a.m.

Unfortunately, every time Officer Perez tried to get the cat free, the frightened feline would “ball up and make itself bigger,” he said. The officer called his supervisor and explained the situation.

“I told him we needed to sedate the cat so it would be relaxed and go limp,” Officer Perez said.

Sgt. Miguel Hernandez dispatched Officer Cole Woods with the sedative. Officer Woods also contributed to the rescue. After the cat was calm, it was safely pulled from his hind legs and removed from its trapped predicament.

The cat, a 6-year-old, female diluted calico, was transported for treatment and care at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Registered Veterinary Technician Emily Vialpando provided the cat fluids and applied lubricant to her eyes.

“I am so happy our officers safely saved this cat and we gave her the veterinary care she needed,” Animal Services Director Julie Bank said. “The great mystery is just how did this cat get stuck? Regardless, we’re going to do everything we can to get her back to her rightful owner.”

One of the Coachella Valley Animal Campus technicians, Stephanie Castaneda, planned to revisit the neighborhood to see if she could locate the owner.

“We want to remind our pet owners to microchip their pets,” Bank said. “A microchipped pet can be reunited with its owner much faster.”

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857

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