Utility Workers Rescue Cat Stuck on Pole for 9 Days

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FRESNO (AP) — Utility workers in Fresno have rescued a cat that was stuck atop a 45-foot-high power pole for nine days.

The Fresno Bee reports Pacific Gas and Electric Co. linemen on Tuesday retrieved the black and white, big-boned cat named Fat Boy from the pole after cutting power to 250 homes in the area.

Fat Boy’s owner, 14-year-old Andrew Perez, says the cat probably climbed the pole after being scared by a dog. He says he had called several agencies for help to no avail.

Local tree services also had declined to help but Silver Villa of a nonprofit called Paw Lives Matter, says she made sure someone helped the feline Tuesday. She says the cat is in pretty good health.

PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles says power on the 1,200-volt line was cut off, leaving 250 homes without power for a few hours.