Rescuers tear down rock wall in tow law to save cat

A CAT may have exhausted one of its nine lives after becoming trapped inside a stone wall – which rescuers had to dismantle to free the animal.

An RSPCA rescuer was called to a field in Tow Law, near Bishop Auckland, by a dog walker whose pet found the black and white cat stuck in a small gap in a dry stone wall.

Following his rescue, on Sunday January 23, the cat was taken to vets and then to a cattery by the charity, which hopes to reunite him with his owner or find him a new home.

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Inspector Ruth Thomas-Coxon said: ‘It was an unusual call and the poor cat was very scared and a bit aggressive.

“At first it looked like he chose to hide inside the space, but he didn’t try to run away when we got closer so I was worried he was hurt. or sick.

“The owner of the paddocks and the wall came out and we removed some stones to dismantle the upper part of the wall and free the cat. He rushed at it and jumped to another part of the wall where we were able to catch up to him.

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Ruth left the owner to rebuild the wall and took the cat, now nicknamed Freddy, to the vet.

“The vets found him to be in fairly good health although he had matting in his coat which they removed,” she said.

“He was a sweet and friendly cat, so I wondered if he was a missing pet, but he didn’t have a microchip. I researched nearby, put up a poster where we rescued him and also put his profile on PetsLocated but sadly he hasn’t been claimed yet.

“He is being cared for at a local cattery and if no one comes forward for him, we will find him a new home.”

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Anyone who recognizes Freddy can contact the RSPCA hotline on 0300-1238018.

To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals, you can call the charity’s donation line on 0300-1238181.

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