Locked Up and Weighed Down, Cat Keeps Head Above Water

Firefighters rescue abused animal from icy predicament.

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Stranded on a partially frozen river in a locked cage, a grateful calico cat was rescued by Montana firefighters on December 27.

Firefighters say the cat -- most probably thrown from a nearby bridge -- landed on an icy section of Missoulas Clark Fork River, instead of in the water. A large rock was also found inside the cage.

Two passersby heard the cat meowing, and called for help.

When we first took it out of the cage, we expected it to be pretty feisty after the whole ordeal it went though, firefighter Philip Keating tells the Associated Press. It was really skinny, nothing but skin and bones, and had collar marks where a too-small collar had rubbed the fur off its neck. But it was really friendly.

Another firefighter, Josh Macrow, took the cat home to his daughter and named it Lucky.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2006, 3p.m. EST

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Bamboo Britney    Round Rock, TX

12/4/2010 10:09:08 AM

I am so happy they resued that cat. I wish it was illegl to abuse animals.

Karen    Bellingham, MA

5/7/2009 5:05:45 AM

Simply disgusting is all I can say! People who abuse and starve an animal should be put through exactly what they've done to a poor, innocent animal! Oh I'm sooooooo mad!

Dee    Arlington, TX

3/19/2009 3:48:17 PM

That's just so mean! How can they did that to a cat! must be a heartless person with evil mind.

Jenn    Wallingford, CT

12/19/2008 8:36:45 AM

As a cat lover, I would like to thank the two people who heard the poor cat crying and actually stopped. They did something to help (call the firefighters)instead of just walking by the cat's plea for help. The "thing" that did that to the cat is lower than dirt!!

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