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A good Samaritan utility worker ended a three day cat in a tree dilemma on Dec.19, but the story had a happy and sad ending. According to Courtney Threadgill, her cat Snowball climbed a large tree with thin branches. She called the City of Steele Animal Control officer who tried a 25 foot ladder to reach the cat, but the cat climbed even higher, to an estimated 60 feet.

Threadgill and friends called anyone they could think of with a bucket truck, or any other means of saving the cat. To make matters even worse, the cat was in the late stages of pregnancy. Threadgill and her friends contacted CHS-PAWS in Hayti, who put a call out on social network asking for help.

“We tried tree services and other agencies,” Threadgill said, “some were not available, others wanted $200 to $300 to come out.”

After seeing the plight on CHS-PAWS Facebook page, a local CHS-PAWS supporter also got busy making calls. The next morning, a utility worker who preferred to remain anonymous made a trip down to Steele and in a matter of minutes had the cat safely out of the tree.

Threadgill took the cat to the vet, and unfortunately her litter of kittens were stillborn inside her. The veterinarian performed the necessary surgery and spayed Snowball, and Threadgill is expecting Snowball to return home in a couple of days. Snowball was also suffering from several b b’s in her that the veterinarian was addressing.

“It takes a community to save the animals,” CHS-PAWS manager Erma Page said, “It was amazing how many people responded when we started asking for help. We were lucky that someone came to Snowball’s aid and she is safe now.”

Threadgill said her daughter Laela Foreman lectured Snowball on any future tree climbing.

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