Erin McCutcheon hired a dog trained to track pets and put up motion capture cameras to find her missing cat, Juno. In the end, it was two electricians who found Juno, who had been trapped for nine days on a steel beam underneath Interstate 93.
“She was literally right above where we were looking for days — she probably heard us,” said McCutcheon. “She just couldn’t get down. It ended up being Jay. Jay is a hero,” she said referring to Jay Dondero from IBEW Local 103 who set out to rewire the lighting on the lower deck of I-93 at 1 am and came face-to-face with the frightened feline.
“It’s amazing,” she told the Boston Herald. “We burst into tears the second I got off the phone. This whole ordeal shows just how tough animals are, and if you are persistent and reach out to your community for help, they can be found.”
Juno disappeared on Christmas day when she got out of her carrier and fell onto I-93 while she was being driven in a van to McCutcheon’s mother’s house. McCutcheon was preparing to leave on a vacation to Mexico when the 6-year-old Russian Blue went missing.
“I couldn’t believe the cat looked remarkably good for having been hanging out on a steel beam for nine days without any food or water,” said Dondero,who found the cat at 1 am. The electricians used a can of cat food to coax Juno from the underbelly of the highway.
McCutcheon said her beloved pet likely escaped when her boyfriend opened and closed the driver-side door to make sure it was shut. McCutcheon spent 10 hours looking and calling for her cat, then put up missing cat fliers, and got her friends to help look–to no avail. Unwilling to give up, she hired a canine sleuth and set up surveillance cameras.
“We were trying to keep hope, but after so much time, you start to feel like it’s futile and nothing is working,” said McCutcheon, who provided a photo of Juno, sand and sound, relaxing at her boyfriend’s bicycle repair shop.