2001-02-17 / Letters

A Purr-fect Ending

Dear Editor;

Anyone who is an ardent animal lover and a person caring and respectful of all life, human or not, can understand the frustration and feeling of complete helplessness that is involved in trying to rescue an animal in need.

On Sunday, February 11, while riding down Beach Channel drive, I observed three people attempting to rescue a small black and white cat that was stranded on top of a utility pole. Upon returning later that evening I was saddened to see that the rescuers attempts were in vain and the cat was still there. After several unsuccessful attempts to convince local police and fire departments to help the stranded animal, which included telephone calls and in person pleas, I sadly returned home.

Early the next morning I returned to the scene and found that the cat was still there. I was told again by the fire department that they could not help. I then learned from people who live on the street that the cat had been there for four days and that their pleas for help were also unanswered.

After calling the Center for Animal Care and Control, I thought the media could provide additional help. John McLoughlin, editor of The Wave, was very receptive. Upon my return to the scene I was met by Doug, a photographer for The Wave, and his secretary, Pat who told me that they too had called the Center for Animal Care and Control who were on their way.

A short time later, Doug noticed Victor from Welsbach #709 who was ready to help. Simultaneously, Katy from Center for Animal Care and Control arrived.

At this point LIPA employee Harry entered upon the scene and saved the day. As he reached for the cat from his cherry picker, the frightened animal bounded from his perch and landed on a nearby roof from which he ran away unscathed.

I was saddened that I could not hold the cat after this ordeal but was overjoyed by its successful rescue.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the numerous people who helped. I would like to thank Doug and his secretary Pat from The Wave, Victor from Welsbach #709, Katy from the Center of Animal Care and Control, Audrey Pheffer’s office, Bobby and the Strays, Editor of The Wave John McLoughlin, and the wonderful residents from Beach 85 street and Beach Channel drive, and Harry from LIPA.

RANDI GERZOLSKY


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