SPCA, volunteers, fire fighters rescue trapped cat in burned out warehouse
© Photo by Bonnie Learning/The Labradorian
Dexter the cat was found safe and sound today, after volunteers spent all afternooon and evening looking for him in the burned out rubble of a warehouse on Grand Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Talk about a purr-fect ending.
The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Fire Department, volunteers and SPCA crew were very happy this evening, when a cat named Dexter was finally rescued from the burned-out rubble of a furniture warehouse on Grand Street in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Jessica Brown, the cat’s owner, found out about the rescue mission via Facebook this evening, and went over to the site, where she called out to cat.
The cat called back to her immediately.
“We’re so happy to have Dexter back,” she said, just a few minutes after he was found.
“He was missing for three days. I live close by and he wanders sometimes.”
Several volunteers and SPCA employees had been searching the area since this afternoon, checking through the rubble on the ground.
But after a search with an infrared camera by the local fire department, it was quickly determined Dexter was actually in the roof.
“We got the ladder out and went up and got him,” said volunteer Vince Rowe.
“It took a couple of minutes, but we were able to coax him out with some food.”
Lee Hill, president of the HV-GB SPCA said she and her volunteers were happy to help out.
“Luckily, things worked out well,” she said.
Emily Obed was the neighbour across the street who got the rescue mission started with a call to the SPCA.
“I’m so happy he’s going back home!” she exclaimed.
As for Dexter’s owner, she is grateful for everyone who assisted in helping her cat.
“I want to thank everyone for helping and not giving up,” she said.
Volunteers, concerned citizens and SPCA employees are currently on the scene of a burned out building as they pick their way carefully through the rubble in the hopes of rescuing a trapped cat.
“I was at my mother’s, who lives across the street from the burned out Notre Dame warehouse (on Grand Street), and she asked me to go across the street with her to see if I could hear a cat crying,” said Carol Ann.
“I did hear him and I said we should call someone to help.”
Carol Ann’s mother, Emily, called the Town Office and were directed to the animal control officer, but was told there was nothing they could do.
“I couldn’t take the crying anymore,” said Emily. “I’ve been hearing the cat for the past three days.”
Carol Ann then posted a message on the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Flea Market Facebook group, asking for advice on who to contact.
She was directed to the Hv-GB SPCA.
“We got a call at the shelter a couple of hours ago,” said Florence Dickers, an employee at the SPCA.
“We came down and are looking for the cat.”
Dickers said she has heard the cat since being on scene.
“He’s crying every now and again, letting us know he’s still in there.”
More on this story as it develops.