EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – A local cat nearly used one of its nine lives Monday after getting stuck in a hole, but luckily Clinton Heights Firefighters came to its rescue.
"This is very rare for any fire department to deal with," said Assistant Fire Chief Seth Tracy.
Tracy, who recorded the rescue, said a person driving by the 300 block of Eastern Avenue in East Greenbush Monday evening saw the cat in the rain and tried to rescue it. But the cat ran away, went through the woods and into a pile of construction debris where it ended up being trapped underground.
"There was a small entry point cat must have found its way in and was trapped beneath some concrete slabs," said Tracy.
A team of fire fighters located the cat with a small camera, and then they had to get creative and use a rake to clear out the concrete.
"We had to excavate around that area in order to get to where animal was," said Tracy.
Christopher Rendaette of special operations was one of the firefighters down on his stomach working through the mud and rain to clear out debris. He said because the ground was so saturated, they had to be extra careful to make sure nothing around the cat collapsed.
"Down in that hole, she had gotten trapped between concrete debris and a rock wedged her head in there," said Rendaette. "She was so exhausted by the end, we took a snare carefully put the snare around her and pulled her out."
Video provided by Clinton Heights Fire Department.