By: Staff, City News Service
A cat was stranded for about 24 hours atop a utility pole in Desert Hot Springs before an electrical worker rescued him today, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
A Southern California Edison worker pulled the cat to safety around 11:30 a.m. in the 11300 block of West Drive. The cat — nicknamed “Elly” — was fine, outside of being a little dehydrated and a bit underweight, said John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services.
The SCE employee used a worker’s bucket to lift himself up and rescue the cat, Welsh said.
“The cat is a very nice cat,” said Riverside County Animal Control Officer James Huffman. “She didn’t try to scratch us. She didn’t bite. She’s a sweet one.”
The cat, which didn’t have a collar or a microchip, was taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms to be examined by veterinary staff.
Welsh said the owner of the brown and tan cat can call 760-343-3644 to pick her up.