The RSPCA and the fire service saved a cat that was stuck in a wall cavity of a house for THREE weeks during a purr-fect rescue.
The owners of Molly were moving out of the property in Chapel Lane, Glossop, in Derbyshire, last month (March).
When they couldn’t find their timid house cat, they assumed she was hiding somewhere in the property.
In an attempt to try and find their beloved pet, they returned to the house every day for a week leaving food out.
On the first day the food had gone and it was assumed she was still somewhere in the house – but attempts to locate her failed.
After that, there was no sign of Molly despite the new owner Glyn Stafford leaving food and milk out daily in the kitchen area to try to entice her from her hiding spot.
After days of leaving food out, he and Molly’s owners assumed she must have run off outside while Glyn had his door open as he was carrying out work on the house.
But on Wednesday 14th April he heard a meowing sound and realised she was stuck in the wall cavity near the kitchen ceiling.
He contacted the RSPCA and inspector Jenny Bethel was sent to the scene.
She realised Molly must have squeezed through a gap around a waste pipe in the kitchen and had climbed up the pipe.
Molly had then climbed into a ledge which was above the kitchen ceiling but below the bathroom floor.
Jenny shone her torch into the gap and could see Molly’s head but she could not see a way to get her out so called Derbyshire Fire and Rescue for assistance and a team from Glossop attended.
The crew decided they would have to remove some floorboards from the bathroom to get to Molly – which Glyn happily agreed to.
They got to work, and one of the crew members was able to safely grab Molly – who was slightly under the bath – and they then handed her over to Jenny.
“She must have been terrified spending all that time trapped in such a tight spot.
“She looked quite skinny so I took her to a local vet and fortunately she was found to be healthy but in need of feeding up.
“The vets were then able to contact her grateful owner to tell them that Molly was safe and available to be collected.
“The fire service were great at assisting in this rescue and I am also grateful to Glyn for alerting us to the incident and for allowing us to pull up the bathroom floorboards to save Molly.”
Glyn said: “I was quite surprised when I heard the miaow after all that time and called the RSPCA straight away.
“I have had cats myself so I really wanted her to get out and be safe.
“The floorboards had to come up to get her but the damage can be repaired. The cat’s life is what mattered.
“The RSPCA and fire service did a great job and I was so relieved to see Molly looking so well really even though it appears she hadn’t eaten or had any water for such a long period of time.”
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