Cat Rescued From Wheel Well of Car

Feline discovered while a Kentucky woman was at a gas station putting air in a low tire.

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Firefighters and rescue teams in some towns are used to occasionally saving cats from trees and rooftops, but not from  the wheel well of a car.

On the morning of Tuesday, May 9,  Melanie Scaggs of Richmond summoned a rescue team to a Richmond gas station , when she heard a loud meow come from the undercarriage of her car as she began to put air in a low tire.

After looking behind the tire she was attempting to fill, Scaggs said she could see gray fur that resembled her neighbors cat. She tried to coax the frightened cat to come to her, but he was caught in the steering mechanism, with his tail wrapped around the axle.

The Richmond Fire and Rescue Department was called in when it became apparent the situation required professional help. Although the cat lost some fur in the process, gloved firefighters removed the feline from his predicament.

Rescuers took the cat to the Madison County Animal Shelter, where he was cleaned and examined. The cat had some scrapes, but no broken bones, according to Shelter Spokesman Keith Crawford.

The neighbors who Scaggs believed owned the cat were called, and after the felines identity was confirmed, an appointment was made to pick him up, Crawford said.

Posted: May 11, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Sharon    Tampa, FL

7/2/2007 12:05:57 PM

Thank God that woman needed air in her tire. That poor cat, but this is a fine example of what happens to cats outside!!

Jamaka    Pinon Hills, CA

2/9/2007 2:18:57 PM

BIG SIGH OF RELIEF!!! Not only is he okay, but he has a HOME! Thanks to everyone involved for the article and the saving, and the happy ending.

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