Cat Rescued by Construction Workers

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A cat being called Trapper is recovering after amputation surgery following his rescue from a foot hold trap earlier this week.

The cat was dragging the trap at Rocky Mountain Log Homes in Hamilton, Montana when he was found by a construction crew at the operation’s notching building on Monday. The log home manufacturer did not give permission for anyone to set traps on their property, and the cat is thought to have brought the trap onto the company’s property as he carried it along with him.

The Fish, Parks and Wildlife department says there is no identification on the trap and it may have been set illegally.

The young, male Manx cat who now has only three legs owes his life to crew members Mike, Cory, Brian, Mark, and Robby, who rescued him. Mark heard the frantic meowing. Then he saw the cat’s paw, trapped. Mark Tannenhill says, “The trap was up this way backwards, upside, and he was on the other side of the wall, and his paw was stuck on this side.”

Outside, on the other side of the wall, Cory heard him too. He’d been seeing the cat around the log yard for about a week. Cory grabbed the cat and tried to straighten him out. Cory Hinkle says, “I jumped out, told Robby, Robby came and grabbed him.”

Robby pushed the cat through the hole. Cory ran inside and released the trap. Robby says, “The cat never tried to scratch me, he pretty much as soon as we got out of there, he snuggled up close, knew he was out of the trap and I grabbed a hold of Brian and told Brian, let’s go down to the vet.”

The cat never cried or ran away. Brian Bachmeier says, “My thinking he knew we were helping it, is what I think.”

The vet tech needed a name to put on the medical chart. Vet tech Shelby Heinz says, “And they looked at me and said you pick something, so I chose Trapper.”

Nobody knows how long Trapper was in the trap. Dr. Emily race says the young Manx couldn’t survive without surgery. She says, “I thought his paw was badly damaged and he needed to have his leg amputated.”

Dr. Joe Melnarik performed the surgery. He says, “Everything went well, the recovery has been very good, he’s been eating and drinking and seems pretty content at this point.”

Nobody has come forward to claim Trapper. Robby, the rescuer Trapper snuggled up to, plans to adopt him.

2 thoughts on “Cat Rescued by Construction Workers”

  1. Even if we don’t hv anything in life jst having these kind of men with so much of humanity n love for animals Can make living our lives on earth to be one living it in heaven. Ryt here on earth , we hv angles … In the form of these men. See how they all rush to help free the cat n evry1 agreed to take him to the vet even when they were working. No one sighed or disapproved . Evry1 of them,so nice to hv friends lyk them. U guys are gifted to hv each other. All my respects to evry1 of you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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