Source: Portland Fire & Rescue
On two separate incidents this week, Portland Fire crews responded to assist a cat who became stuck in a void space in a house and also a sheep who had fallen into the Columbia River Slough.
Video: Rigby the Cat Rescued
On the afternoon of Thursday, January 2nd PF&R Engine 5 was dispatched to an Animal Rescue just around the corner from the station in the Hillsdale neighborhood. Initial reports indicated that a cat had made its way into a crawlspace in a house and had not been able to find its way out for several days. After surveying the home, Engine 5 was unable to locate the point of entry and decided to cut a small hole under the house for the cat to exit through. Using a small jigsaw to prevent spooking the cat with the noise, a firefighter cut a small notch to allow the cat, “Rigby”, to come out of his hiding spot. The crew located a spot to cut where damage would be minimal, easily repairable and not readily visible.
Ordinarily cats will find their own way out without assistance or cutting, however because it had been several days already and Rigby was unfamiliar with the home because his owners had just moved in, the decision was made to help the process along. If an entrance to a void space is known, a tactic that firefighters will sometimes employ is to place a can of tuna or cat food by the opening to lure the animal out.
On Saturday morning at 9:23am a call came in to report that a sheep had fallen into the Columbia River Slough (around the 800 block of NE Meadow Drive) and was stuck in the mud. Upon arrival, Engine 17 determined the safest way to reach the sheep was to lower a ladder down the embankment next to it and manually extricate it. After several minutes the crew was able to free the sheep from the mud and place it back into pasture. Aside from being cold and dirty, the sheep was unharmed.