A heart-stopping rescue took place on the edge of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York on Friday afternoon when a cat was seen hanging from the edge. It was a race against time to save the cat before it jumped or fell.
Students from Benjamin Banneker Academy noticed the cat hanging off in an area near Clinton and Park Avenues but had to wait until class was over to act.
In the meantime, school secretary Jane Pieratti said her students asked her for help in finding someone to rescue the distressed cat. Jane got on Twitter and started tagging the Department of Transportation as well as Brooklyn Patch with photos of the cat as well as the mile marker.
Jane described the rescue to The Patch and the story was quickly picked up by Fox News
“I’m a cat lover, so it was scary. I didn’t want anything to happen to him. It kept hanging down on the edge looking like it was going to jump, but it was way too high up to do that. The kids went down there and got a tarp from somewhere to try to get the cat down. It was very exciting. The students didn’t leave. They stayed there until the cops rescued a cat.”
When NYPD and the fire department showed up, Jane asked if a ladder could be used to rescue the cat. The police decided to travel up the expressway themselves and the cat was saved.
It amazing how the students somehow found a tarp and worked together to place it under the freeway in case the cat fell or jumped.
No information is available as to how the cat got up there or where it was taken. In the past, animals rescued were taken to local shelters. If any of the readers have additional information, please feel free to add it in the comment section below.
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