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Jogger Swims to Rescue Cat Drowning in Carrier

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A jogger was in the right place at the right time to save a cat sinking into the waters of a creek while latched into a cat carrier weighted down by a heavy rock. The good Samaritan heard the cat’s cries and jumped into the water to rescue him.

The rescue took place one day last week in Upstate New York and the cat, named Chance, is doing well and has already been placed with a family.

The Great Animal Rescue Chase & Harmony Fund, which is headquartered in Holden, Massachusetts, wrote about the rescue at Facebook on Tuesday, saying:

“Recently Matthew Guidarelli was out for a jog over a footbridge on the Normans Kill, a 45-mile-long (73 km) creek in New York state, when he heard what at first sounded like a baby crying. He stopped, listened some more, and then spotted a pet carrier sinking beneath the water.

“Matthew jumped in and crossed the current quickly. As he hoisted the crate, it seemed unusually heavy. He was stunned to find not only a large tabby inside but also a heavy rock, intended to make sure the cat would never surface again

“There’s an absolute storm of serendipity surrounding this case. First, our hero ran across the bridge exactly at the time that the perpetrator must have been running in the opposite direction. Second, Matthew heard the cries only because he wasn’t listening to music at the time of his jog. And third, Matthew didn’t hesitate or wait for help. Had he waited for authorities, it would have been too late.

“Bethlehem, New York police are somewhat doubtful the perpetrator will be found, but there is one lead in the case. The carrier is marked with a neon pink sticker that might help identify the cat’s former guardian. The sticker appears to have come from a veterinary clinic. The hope is that someone will recognize the sticker or this large tabby who has a somewhat memorable appearance. See the sticker here

“As for the tabby, he’s been given the name Chance and is an absolute delight to be around. His new “parents” report that he loves to be brushed and to roll on his back. In just a few days, he has already stolen their hearts and they can’t get enough of him.”"

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    June 11, 2014 9:55 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Claudia

    What the hell is wrong with people? They couldn’t have taken him to a shelter? NO…this is INTENTIONAL cruelty. No better than the sick individuals who harm animals. Thankfully there are kind people like the rescuer and the new purrents. There’s a special circle in hell and heaven for each respectively. I hope the abusers face the same fate.

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      June 12, 2014 9:02 amPosted 3 months ago
      Jim

      Shelters are full of Sociopath’s Who keep telling You How “Humane” they are, good chance they would’ve put him down anyway.

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        June 12, 2014 1:49 pmPosted 3 months ago
        David Nauman

        Jim, while the shelter may have put him down anyway, it would have been done in a humane way; not thrown into the water like a piece of trash.

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      • July 28, 2014 10:25 pmPosted 1 month ago
        Robert H

        There are plenty of no kill shelters

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        August 28, 2014 12:29 pmPosted 23 days ago
        Vicky

        This doesn’t quite make sense as a comment. “Sociopaths”? Sounds more like cold-blooded sadists to me! As to “chances are…”: rather hypothetical, isn’t it?…

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        August 28, 2014 2:29 pmPosted 23 days ago
        Emily

        @’JIM’ — This is indeed a strange comment to say the least. In how many shelters have you volunteered, exactly? Did you keep a record of events and all the would-be ‘sociopaths’ there? Kindly not criticize and blacken people’s character not knowing what you are talking about. I rather think you advocate “getting rid” of unwanted companion animals the way that gorgeous cat’s previous owner did. What is more : veterinary clinics are no shelters; and a vet – whether or not a “sociopath” as you put it – is unlikely to drown a ‘patient’ of his!

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    June 11, 2014 10:03 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Margarita

    Throwing that poor cat in the water with a heavy rock in the carrier to purposely kill the kitty is unnecessarily evil! EVIL! You may not or cannot care for a pet any more, but purposely trying to hurt it? Makes feel this is someone’s pet that someone took to hurt out of spite. If I was homeless and penniless, I would think of any humane way to find my cats a new home or find a shelter to take them. This was cruel and cold! I hope they find the bastard that did this.

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    June 12, 2014 10:32 amPosted 3 months ago
    Pippa Mealings

    Makes you wonder if it is owners who do this, maybe cats have been given away free or stolen, then vile person/people do this sort of hateful thing. So glad this cat was saved at just the right time! The man who rescued him is a hero.

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    June 12, 2014 10:56 amPosted 3 months ago
    Sue Bingley

    The comment I would like to make is unprintable! So instead, I will state, “What goes around, comes around” xxx

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    June 12, 2014 5:28 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Jo

    What a lovely cat. How many things like this must happen that do not have a happy ending.

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    June 12, 2014 5:35 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Candace

    Matthew is an amazing guy. He should receive a public commendation for his actions. The other one should be flogged in public,tied up and throw in the same creek for his actions. I’d love to be there to watch.

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      June 17, 2014 12:39 amPosted 3 months ago
      bpaul

      I like your suggestion….it is the least that should be done to this person. there should be such stiff and shaming punishments which would act as a deterrent
      for other would be animal hating humans.

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    June 12, 2014 6:18 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Mitch

    I will praise the actions of the jogger-he deserves a medal!
    To the evil scum who deliberately tried to kill this cat-don’t you know they have nine lives! If I ever get hold of you tho’ you will forfeit the 1 life you have..run you little cowardly fucker..picking on those smaller than you…

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    June 12, 2014 8:11 pmPosted 3 months ago
    David

    What a beautiful cat. There is a special place in hell for the scum who did this. Think I might like to help escort him there too ! I’m not one to put animals before humans in the general sense but I DO put them before this species of “less than human”. Hope this kitty has a wonderful life now.

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    June 12, 2014 8:20 pmPosted 3 months ago
    MsKat

    That poor sweet kitty. All I can say is karma will get the vile person who did it-might not happen now, but it will happen. They will have the thought of what they tried to do hanging over their head for the rest of their life…and they will likely succumb to something similar, like choking on a glass of water. However, I hope they also are found and charged with animal cruelty while they await their cruel karma fate.

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    June 12, 2014 10:56 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Virginia Zavarelli

    We must find the persons that did this and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law and if that is not enough, we MUST DO UNTO THEM WHAT THEY DID UNTO THIS CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    June 13, 2014 1:57 amPosted 3 months ago
    Ilsa Stai

    I would recommend (if the lousy SOB were caught) to tie his ass to a chair and start sandblasting one digit off at a time for starters…

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    June 13, 2014 11:38 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Nancy J Fabrizi-Miller

    How come AFTER I post a comment, and people either “like” it or respond to me, I can never get back to my own comment? I forget what I write half the time. AND I can initially post a comment without signing in, but, like now, when I am attempting to retrieve my own comment, I MUST sign in? WHY is this so difficult?

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    June 14, 2014 1:17 pmPosted 3 months ago
    Shari Heser

    That Man is a HERO!!! Thank God He
    Was There To Save That Wonderful
    Cat’s Life!!!

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