Firefighters cut through wall to rescue cat in Calif.

After the USAR Team made their assessment, it was determined that the safest way to remove the cat was to cut a wall


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

PASADENA, Calif. — Pasadena search and rescue firefighter Jonathan Bondarczuk rescued a cat from where he was wedged Monday night between two cinder block walls at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of East Del Mar Blvd.

The Humane Society called search and rescue after discovering cat, named Ridley, was also stuck in some mortar, Firefighters used dishsoap to free Ridley, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

"At 2057 hours (8:57 pm) Engine 32 was dispatched to 2400 block of E. Del Mar to assist the Humane Society with a cat that was stuck between two cinder block walls.

"On our arrival we found that cat had wedged herself under the mortar overflow between the walls.

"At that point, we requested USAR 32 to assist us with the rescue.

"After the USAR Team made their assessment, it was determined that the safest way to remove the cat was to cut the block wall.

"After the cuts were made we still had to manually chip away at the interior mortar to free the cat.

"The total rescue time was approximately 1.5 hours."

The green liquid at the site is dish soap, officials said.

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