Arvada cat survives four days atop power pole
ARVADA, Colo. — Purdy the cat is safe back home in Jefferson County with her owners after being stuck on a power pole for four days and three nights.
Sitting in the Arvada Urgent Care Veterinarian office, Purdy, a white and calico cat, is healthy–minus the blue bandage on her paw and shaved fur on her side. In fact, there really isn’t any evidence of Purdy’s adventure, which began outside her owner Barbara Arkin’s home when Purdy eyed a few rabbits.
“Purdy saw the bunny rabbits run and usually when she sees them she will go under my horse trailer, but instead she got up on the pole,” said Barbara Arkin, who owns Purdy.
And Purdy continued to sit on that pole, 30 feet in the air, refusing to come down. Not sure what to do, Barbara called for help.
“I called animal control (in) Jefferson County and they said she will come right down just put some food down. So, I put some food down,” Arkin said.
Twenty-four hours passed and Purdy hadn’t moved.
“I talked to the fire department. The guys over here came over; they couldn’t touch a pole that is Xcel. I talked to my energy company; they couldn’t touch a pole that is Xcel,” said Arkin.
So Barbara called Xcel Energy.
“They said, “Listen lady, we are not doing it,” said Arkin.
As hours turned into days, Barbara began to get desperate and started trying different tactics to get Purdy to come down on her own.
“I would come out every couple of hours and talk to her, the rain and the wind, but no Purdy,” Arkin said.
Finally her neighbor had an idea that he would use his paint gun and shoot Purdy down.
“We stretched a tarp out and four or five of us were here trying to catch her, re-adjusting the tarp and all of a sudden Purdy landed,” said Arkin.
She landed on her own paws without a scratch. Her vet said she’s one lucky feline.
While Purdy’s vet doesn’t condone people shooting at cats with paint guns, Barbara said it was her only option because she said Xcel Energy refused to help her.
FOX31 called Xcel Energy and a spokesperson said it is company policy to never rescue an animal on top of a power pole because it puts their employees at risk for danger because there are live wires attached to the poles.