Cat rescued from sign above highway

April 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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ELKHART, Ind., April 17 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Indiana said a cat was brought down from atop a sign near a highway overpass two days after it was first spotted.

The Humane Society of Elkhart County said the Elkhart Police Department received a call Thursday about a cat on top of a sign near the St. Joseph Valley Parkway overpass on U.S. 33, but officers were unable to find the feline, the Elkhart Truth reported Wednesday.

The Humane Society received a similar call the following day and the orange cat was discovered sitting atop a light on the sign, about 15 feet from the overpass, said Megan Gonterman, assistant director of the Humane Society.

The cat was rescued with help from the Elkhart Street Department.

"He was a little on the dehydrated side," Gonterman said. "He ate right away, so he was pretty hungry, too."

"He was a little scared of stuff at first, but he's a really friendly cat," she said. "I think he was just happy to be down."

The cat, which has been dubbed Freeway, was likely thrown from the overpass, Gonterman said. She said it would have been difficult for the feline to reach the perch on its own.

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