SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. -- Two months after a fire destroyed their home, a Michigan family has found their missing pet alive.
Ringer the cat was found trapped under the floor of the home, which had caught fire in March and nearly killed their dog Chloe.
The dog was rescued by firefighters, who used an improvised oxygen mask to revive her.
It was Chloe who found the missing cat by sniffing him out Sunday during her first trip back to the home since the fire.
“This cat’s a miracle,” said Christine Marr, Chloe and Ringer's owner. "This cat has been in this area for two months with no food or water. And Chloe just found him down in this hole.”
Fire crews are amazed.
“Looking for that cat, we picked up furniture, looked around beds, looked in every nook and cranny for that cat,” said chief Ronald Wise of the South Haven Area Emergency Services.
“To know that Chloe had found the cat, that’s amazing. She’s a true hero, she is. To get that cat, you wouldn’t think the cat would live that much longer.”
A trip to a veterinarian confirmed Ringer was malnourished and lost half his body weight.
“We’re assuming he was eating bugs and spiders and stuff under there,” Marr said.
Marr said the vet treating Ringer said it’s an incredible story of survival and that the cat is expected to make a full recovery.
"I think he used a bit more than just nine lives," Marr said.