We covered the story Stripy Remains in Her Condemned Apartment Building After a Fire on May 21, when family and friends were very concerned for the welfare of Stripy, a cat trapped in a Watertown, NY apartment building condemned after a serious fire.
Today that building at 239 High St, is being demolished. Because of continued concern for the cat, a crowd formed to watch the demolition, and work was halted at one point when someone said they spotted her. Crews searched but were unable to locate Stripy, and the demolition work continued.
Friends and family hold out hope that the cat will make it out alive. Demolition is expected to be completed this afternoon.
Stripy is the pet cat of 79 year old Emma E. Parody, who lost everything in the arson fire. Emma’s daughter asked the city to conduct a search before the demolition. The request was reportedly denied on safety concerns based on the assessment of City Engineer Kurt W. Hauk.
Update: By 6 pm on the evening of the demolition the cat had not been found.