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Portland, Ore. firefighters rescue sheep, cat

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Portland, Oregon firefighters have already rescued several animals in the new year. On Sunday, Jan. 5, KATU News reported that Portland firefighters recently rescued a sheep stuck in the mud and a cat who was stuck in a crawlspace.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, firefighters arrived at Columbia River Slough near the 800 block of NE Meadow Dr. where a sheep had fallen into the slough and couldn't get out again. After lowering a ladder down the bank, the firefighters retrieved the sheep from the mud and returned her to her pasture. The sheep sustained no injuries in the fall.

See the video of her rescue here.

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, Jan. 2, firefighters helped a cat in the Hillsboro neighborhood of Portland. The cat, named "Rigby," had been stuck in a crawlspace for several days.

Firefighters cut a hole under the house to help Rigby get out of the crawlspace, but the frightened cat refused to leave. The firefighters had to pull him out of the space.

Missing cats often stay close to home. The missing pet partnership provides tips for finding lost pets.

Firefighters have served Portland, Ore. in a variety of capacities since 1851. Portland Fire and Rescue provides emergency services to more than 580,000 citizens and protects about 150 square miles.

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