A cat who had gotten wedged between two brick walls at a home in Stoke-on-Trent was rescued after a four-hour operation to free him.
The RSPCA was contacted by the concerned owner of Mickey at 10pm on Thursday (2 February) after the plucky cat was found squeezed down a tiny gap – just eight inches wide – at the side of his house and his next door neighbour’s garage, in Meadow Lane.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cara Gibbon, who helped rescue Mickey, said: “We exhausted every option to get him out but Mickey couldn’t move at all. I decided to contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to help us, and they were absolutely amazing. With their help, we moved each brick by brick with a hand chisel to try and reach Mickey but we quickly found I was unable to lift him out as he was so wedged.
“We had to cut through a cabinet and then through another brick wall whilst I held him to stop him from moving. We eventually made a hole and I had to carefully push Mickey towards the hole until he slowly came out – by which time it was 2am.
“We get called to rescue animals which have got themselves stuck quite regularly, however Mickey was the worst case of a wedged animal I have ever seen. He was completely jammed.
“We’re glad that he was safely released and thankfully he did not have any injuries – just a slightly bruised pride!”
Mickey’s owner, Mark Colclough, said: “Mickey is a very timid cat who is scared of his own shadow. He never goes out the front door, but we think he sneaked out when we weren’t aware, panicked because it was unknown territory then tried to get to the back of the house – which he is more familiar with – through this very small gap between our house and our neighbour’s garage.
“Unfortunately, the gap is very narrow, around eight inches wide – definitely not wide enough for a cat to get through. He’d somehow managed to get halfway down the gap – about 10ft down – before getting so stuck that he couldn’t move at all.
“The only way we could get him out was by removing bricks from our neighbour’s garage. When we managed to get to him he was frozen solid and he was very dazed.”
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