Los Angeles residents have been criticizing the local Department of Water and Power, after a workers rescued a cat stranded atop a utility pole and then hurled it down from above his crane’s bucket.
Residents had called the Los Angeles Fire Department and LADWP to rescue the cat, which had perched itself on top of a utility pole in the suburb of Sunland, KTLA reported. One onlooker said that a LADWP worker donned went up there, using his truck’s extending bucket to pick the cat from the pole.
Another witness, Mark, said that the worker was “gentle” toward the cat during the rescue, adding that “he coaxed it over to him. He got it in the bucket. He started coming back down”. “He stopped about halfway”, Mark continued, before taking the cat out of the crane bucket. In the video of the rescue, the worker can be heard telling a woman standing right under the pole to get out of the way before throwing the cat towards the grass.
The woman starts screaming before trying to catch the cat with a green blanket while the feline runs away and into a nearby yard. The unnamed utility worker apologized to the crowd, saying “Sorry, he was really clawing me up there”.
“I realize he’s not a professional cat rescuer, and I thank him for doing the job”, Gail, another bystander told KTLA. She added that “For the future it would be great if he could do something, or other people could learn, that if they’re going to do a cat rescue, to try to come to the ground level.”
“The bottom line is that the cat was rescued”, LADWP spokeswoman Michelle Figueroa told The Los Angeles Times, and added that “Staff risked electrocution to save the cat.”
1. The utility worker rescued the cat from the pole before dropping him towards a lawn next to the bucket truck.
2. The utility worker was described a ‘gentle’ when he went up in the bucket to try and coax the cat down.
Source: The Los Angeles Times.
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