Firefighters are used to rescuing people and animals from hopeless situations, but a crew of Ohio firemen even doubted if they would be able to help a poor cat that got his head trapped inside a cement-encased pipe.
This past week, some locals from Dayton, Ohio heard what sounded like a desperate animal crying for help, so they went out searching for it since they feared it was injured. When they finally tracked down the source of all the noise, they discovered a stray orange cat that had been stuck for hours with his head stuck in a metal fencing pipe.
Together, rescuers from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the Dayton Fire Department tried to chip away at the cement, but their efforts were futile. “The pipe inside was far too thick to easily remove the scared cat. Our team sprang into action and gave the cat a sedative to keep it calm while they worked to save it from the pipe,” the rescuers explained.
The crew took a piece of the pipe and the cat back to the Dayton Fire Department’s Headquarters and got to work cutting away the thick, rusted metal. Even with the Jaws of Life and hack saws, it took two more hours for the rescuers to finally free the cat, who has since been named Piper.
Aside from some small injuries from trying to free himself, Piper was thankfully unharmed from the incident and is now resting at the Humane Society.
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[Featured image: Humane Society of Greater Dayton]