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Subject:   SEATTLE CITY LIGHT RESCUES CAT FROM UTILITY POLE
For Immediate Release:   
11/18/2008  10:29:00 AM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Utility Crew Able to Retrieve Feline Without Disrupting Power to Neighborhood

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light workers rescued a cat Tuesday from a utility pole in the Magnolia neighborhood where a cat had been stuck since last Friday.

In most instances, animals that climb utility poles will come down on their own. Amid exceptional media and public attention, this particular cat climbed even higher on the pole, getting above a 26,000 volt wire. Concerned about the safety of the cat and any good Samaritans who might try to climb the pole to get him down, a City Light crew was dispatched to rescue the cat.

The initial rescue plan called for cutting power to about 725 homes and businesses in order to reach the cat safely. When the crew arrived, the workers were able to use bucket trucks and extension poles to retrieve the cat without cutting power.

When the cat reached the ground, he immediately took off with his owner in pursuit.



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