RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – A cat fell about 15 feet and suddenly found herself stuck between two buildings before police and firefighters managed to free the trapped feline in an hours-long rescue early Tuesday.
The cat, whose name is Luna, apparently left from a kitchen window onto an apartment roof, but plunged into a 3.5 inches wide space just between a nail salon and liquor store on Park Avenue late Monday, police Chief John Russo said.
Police responded at around 10 p.m. to a call from Luna’s owner, who lives above the salon, according to the chief. The cat was literally wedged on her back in the tight space.
Officers tried in vain for about two hours to snare the cat, Russo said. Eventually, they managed to snare Luna’s head, but couldn’t pull the cat out.
The Rutherford Fire Department soon arrived and broke through 18 inches of brick wall to reach Luna, Russo said.
“We were then able to grab Luna, cut the snare from her neck and return her to her family at around 2 a.m.,” Russo added.
The cat had scrapes and was immediately taken to a veterinarian to be checked, the chief said. She will need to be quarantined in a 10-day procedure because of the fact that she bit an officer’s finger during the rescue.