Good News Tewsday: Cat Rescued from Garage Door Predicament


bella-stuckBella found herself in a purrdicament.

Last Wednesday, Bella’s neighbor in Ascension Parish, LA, called the sheriff to report that Bella was stuck in her garage door.

When Deputy Mike Scott arrived, his heart sank. The grey and white moggie appeared to be squashed between the top of the garage door opening and the wall.

“Never in all of my years was I prepared to encounter what I saw upon my arrival,” he commented on Facebook.

Numerous neighbors and construction workers were already on scene trying to help free the cat.

“The neighbors were very helpful as we cautiously removed the upper frame molding that allowed some space for us to remove the cat. With a joint effort with neighbors, we were able to remove the cat alive,” he reports.

When Bella’s dad returned home from a trip to the lumber yard (needing to repair recent flooding damage), he panicked at the kerfuffle in his yard. Scott said he told the homeowner what had happened, and the homeowner’s response was, “Oh my God, Bella!”

Amazingly, Bella emerged unscathed.bella-rescued

Her dad surmised that Bella must have been sleeping on the garage door and did not notice when he left.

Deputy Scott said “I’m not much of a cat person, but no one wants to see an animal suffer. After losing so much from the flood, I was happy that I could save the homeowner’s cat. Thank God for miracles and good neighbors.”

Bella was recovering with a big pile of treats, appreciative of all the attention. “I ain’t never gonna sleep on that garaje door agin,” she promised. “Cuz it tride to eet me.”

You can leave a note praising Deputy Scott’s efforts on the Sheriff’s Office FB page.


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  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    I am glad Bella was rescued.

  2. Connie says:

    my heart broke at that photo.. I’m so glad this was labeled a ‘good news’ post or it would have haunted me..

  3. Kitties Blue says:

    OMC…we think Bella probably used up at least a couple of lives with that one. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Not Charlie

  4. Mary McNeil says:

    Wow, Bella ! Good news for everyone, despite the scary photo !

  5. That is so miraculous. Something similar happened to our cat Whiskers. Luckily he managed to scramble off the door before it ate him. But it scared Mommy to death to see Whiskers tumbling off the garage door. Now she always checks for kitties before closing the door. Although we hardly use the garage door anymore, since Daddy hasn’t fixed the remotes.


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