Update: Cat stuck on highway column on I-10 West saved

El Paso News

Photo via Omar Ramos Facebook page.

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — After several days stuck on a highway column on I-10 West, an orange cat was rescued Friday morning.

The cat was lured into a trap with food and safely removed from the column at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

El Paso Animal Services, El Paso Police, TXDot and the El Paso Fire Department were at work since early Thursday morning trying to rescue the cat.

Animal services says the cat will be taken to their shelter for a medical checkup and to search for a microchip. After, the cat will be available for adoption.

Public Affairs Coordinator for El Paso Animal Services, Michele Anderson said this is not the first time Animal Services has had to rescue cats from highway columns.

“You know we understand the community loves their pets, that’s why we love El Paso so much but it’s very important especially in situations like these for the community to allow our animal protection officers to handle the situation” said Anderson.

The feline was spotted perched on the column by residents earlier Wednesday across the parking lot from the Carnitas Queretaro restaurant on Gateway Boulevard West. A Facebook user posted pictures of the cat sitting on the column at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Passersby and Facebook users called El Paso Animal Services, which is working on rescuing the cat.

“Our Animal Protection team has been made aware of this feline stuck on a support column and we are coordinating efforts to rescue the cat safely,” said Michele Anderson. “As this is a busy location, this operation requires us to coordinate with officials in order to block off traffic and place a trap safely on the support.”

Jennifer Wright, a spokeswoman for the El Paso Texas Department of Transportation’s office, said they will defer to law enforcement for the equipment necessary to save the cat.

“In this case, we are helping to close off the ramp so animal control can try to retrieve the kitty,” Wright said.

“Our Animal Protection Officers have rescued a number of cats from these support structures and we find that it’s best for the community to not try and stop or rescue the cat themselves, as this could cause the cat to get stressed out and possibly even jump,” she said. “While we understand the community wants to help, but for the safety and the security of both the community and the cat, it’s important to allow officials to handle these situations.”

For adoption information email epasadoptions@elpasotexas.gov.

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