Shocking photograph of a lifeless cat stuck in garage door

This is a very strange and frankly shocking photo of a grey and white domestic cat stuck in an up-and-over garage door as if he has been crushed and is lifeless. Only he was not killed but escaped with bruising.

Alarming photo of cat stuck in garage door
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Alarming photo of cat stuck in garage door. The cat is Bella.

Up-and-over garage doors can be dangerous to cats it appears. A cat sits on top of a raised garage door providing the cat with a high vantage point. It probably feels warm as well. Then the doors are closed by a motor and the cat sits tight until he is trapped between the door and door frame. Of course the cat will be invisible to the person operating the doors or the doors close automatically when the car is driven inside or is leaving the garage.

Bella with Sheriff after the ordeal

Bella with Sheriff after the ordeal

The cat’s name is Bella. She is a solid grey-and-white in the photo with the deputy sheriff but looks more like a black-and-white in the photo of her stuck in the door.

The event took place in South Carolina, USA. Deputy Mike Scott said he had never seen anything like it before and he is as retired captain who now works part-time as a deputy sheriff. He must have seen a lot of strange things in his time.

Neighbors and construction workers rallied around and called Deputy Scott for good measure. They released Bella by removing a part of the door frame. I wonder why they did not simply open the door. There must have been a good reason. Perhaps they were scared of making things worse and hurting Bella further.

Bella’s owner was oblivious to all the commotion and his cat’s predicament but he returned while Deputy Scott was there and proclaimed, “Oh my God, Bella,” when he found out what had happened.

Cat owners: watch those garage doors. I recall something like this happening before.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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2 Responses

  1. Albert Schepis says:

    OMG shocking is right. Reminds me of a time (again, Buddy my Maine Coon) followed me up an aluminum ladder where I was working on my roof, unbeknownst to me. I did hear a noise and went to find him hanging by one toe’s nail snagged upside down at the top of the ladder. This was a tall one too, (8 ft). He just hung there, still, as if he meant to do that. Of course, I rescued him quickly, and oddly enough his toe wasn’t even sore. Weird.

    • Michael Broad says:

      It must have been a bit of a shock to see him. He seems to have been pretty relaxed about it. There is the element of the unruly kid about cats sometimes.

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