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Utility workers rescue cat stuck on power pole for 9 days

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    Andrew Perez reunites with his cat, Fat Boy, after a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crew rescued the feline from atop a 45-foot power pole, today, in Fresno, Calif. The cat had sat atop it for nine days.

FRESNO, Calif. >> 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 after cutting power to 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 nonprofit Paw Lives Matter says she made sure someone helped the feline. 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.

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  • Thanks for all who got involved to save “Fat Boy”. I remember rescuing a cat from a tree and it was challenging to prep (had to don gloves and long sleeve shirt). Once I got a hold at the scruff of the neck it wasn’t too bad…some growling. Gently placed on ground and ran off…I presumed there was a “thank you somewhere”. Same thing happens when you rescue a bird…they thank you as they flutter away By the way, you should know what to expect (the unexpected) before you attempt any animal rescue. 🙂

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