Cat is Rescued From Busy Highway After 2 Days

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Vanity poses with vet tech Tonya Ornelas with Officer Selter and Craig Wellmerling
Photo, Tiffany Fuller via Riverside County Animal Services at Facebook


Vanity is safe at the shelter after being rescued from a busy highway in Riverside, CA where she had been in danger for at least two days.

Riverside County Animal Services says motorists began making frantic calls on Thursday morning, but it was Saturday before Animal Services staff, with the help of California Highway Patrol officers, were able to locate and rescue her.

The black kitty was found hiding under a bridge where Van Buren Boulevard crosses Highway 91. Officer Tiffany Fuller explained why it took two days to finally locate the cat, telling CBS 2 LA: “Part of the trouble was, we had been getting calls in the morning during rush hour, so we think the slow-moving motorists had better views of the cat. When we were able to roll out to try to find the cat, speeds had picked up and we couldn’t see the black cat in the dark shadows underneath the bridge.”

Highway Patrol officers assisted Animal Services staff on Saturday by managing traffic flow, for everyone’s safety.

Animal Services staff were happily excited after rescuing the kitty, who they’re calling Vanity in a nod to Van Buren Boulevard. If kitty’s family does not come forward to claim her, she will be transferred to one of Animal Services’ rescue partners.

Riverside County Animal Services wrote at Facebook after the rescue on Saturday, saying:

“MORE NICE NEWS FROM US. We like nice news. How about you?

“This elusive cat had generated calls from frantic motorists on Highway 91 since Thursday. Every time we rolled out, the cat was gone, had moved, dived into a hiding spot, etc. Not today. We found the little sweetie pie. Animal Control Officer Tiffany Fuller and her colleague, Officer Jenny Selter, along with driver/tech Craig Wellmerling, teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to pluck this pussycat near a concrete column underneath the Van Buren Boulevard bridge along the westbound 91 lanes.

“p.s. the cat is super sweet!”

Read more on the story at CBS 2 LA.


2 thoughts on “Cat is Rescued From Busy Highway After 2 Days”

  1. Hi Tia,
    If she does not have a family that reclaims her she will be transferred to one of RivCo Animal services’ rescue partners.

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