Jan 28, 2010
(WARNING - this story does not have a good outcome)
So I can't figure out what upsets me more about this story...maybe you can help me decide.
In Houston, a cat owner found that her kitten had scaled a power pole and wouldn't come down. Evidently the cat was stuck for about 47hours before she touched the high voltage wires and electrocuted herself.
The owner says that she called the police, fire, SPCA and electric companies and no one would help.
After seeing last week's daring rescue of an unknown dog by LA fire personnel, one would wonder why something similar couldn't have been done in less strenuous circumstances.
So...I am upset that the kitten died...that is just sad and unfortunate. But, what really gets to me is that there seems to be no where for a pet owner to turn in these types of situations. I can remember scaling the roof of a house to try and bring a cat down from a tree while I worked as a veterinary technician because of similar circumstances. (Actually...the receptionist who went with me saved the cat...I had on slick soled shoes and couldn't stand well on the roof).
What's worse, what if the owner, or one of her children attempted to climb the power pole to save the cat? When I first saw the story, that was my interpretation. I thought the owner had died trying to get the kitten down.
I am not sure what the answer is...we certainly can't have first responders tied up in situations that are not life-threatening to people, but if they won't help, what is a pet owner to do?
Seriously...what is the answer here?