After a tomcat was observed on top of a power pole at 3rd and Kellogg for several days in a row, citizens began calling the City of Delta expressing concern. Rather than shut down the power to hundreds of residents, municipal light and power opted to leave the animal alone and let it come down on its own, which is generally what will happen.
This cat, however, proved to be stubborn. Neighbors put out water and food to try and lure the cat from high above, but were unsuccessful.
On Friday, June 1, the city received reports that the cat had started to climb down the pole and was startled by someone on the ground. It climbed back up and resumed its wait. Then on Saturday, June 2, the city received reports of someone trying to climb the pole. Others tried throwing rocks at the cat to get it to come down.
At this point, the issue had become a safety risk to people and the cat, so the decision was made to de-energize the power lines and rescue the cat. The cat was safely removed from the pole at 3:30 p.m. and turned over to a representative of the Delta County Humane Society who took it to a veterinarian for observation. The city reports the cat was slightly dehydrated, but otherwise in good health and will soon be returned to its unidentified owner.
The City of Delta is currently reviewing its policy on animal rescue from power lines.blog comments powered by Disqus