Verizon Workers Rescue Kitty Dangling From Cable Cord In Tree

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Fios is an adorable tabby and looks very similar to this kitty pictured here.


File this one in the “what is wrong with people?” file. There is never a reason for anyone to willingly harm an animal, but thank goodness there are those out there who care and come to the rescue of tortured animals everywhere. Take this story, for example.

Two Verizon workers in Middle Village, New York heard a meow way up high in a nearby tree and when they finally located the panicked cry, they were shocked at what they found.

The NY Daily News reports that Vinny Cassidy, a 42-year-old Verizon lineman was walking along the neighborhood streets when they heard a disturbing sound:

“We were walking on the sidewalk and we heard a meowing. I thought it was under a car, but it was up in a tree. It looked like a noose was around his neck.”

The cat was dangling from the tree desperately holding onto a branch with one paw as the cable wire was slowly choking him. That’s when another lineman, Robert Munday jumped in the Verizon truck and had the bucket lift him directly toward the cat. Munday used his tools to snip the cat free from the wire.

A nearby real estate office saw what was going on, including Cheryl Ann Gangemi, who works at Crifasi Real Estate. She called Phyllis Taiano who runs Four Paws Sake, which is a local animal rescue group. Then Taiano took the kitty, which they named Fios, to a local vet who found the cat to be severely underweight.

While Fios didn’t suffer any long-term damage as a result of being purposely thrown in the tree and left to strangle himself, no one can really estimate how long the poor kitty was stuck there.

Thank goodness, good people do exist and everyone, from the Fios workers to the real estate office to the pet rescue organization and the vet played a role in helping little Fios live.

Fios is expected to be up for adoption this weekend at the Four Paws shelter. If you’re interested, contact Taiano at

Image: Stockxchng/aljabak

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