Spearfish Fire Department helps rescue cat trapped in drainage pipe


SPEARFISH, S.D. – A cat named Boots had a lot to be thankful for on Saturday afternoon.

The gray and white cat, which had gotten trapped in a drainage pipe on North 10th Street in Spearfish, could be heard meowing, prompting a nearby resident to call Spearfish Public Safety Dispatch around 12:24 p.m..

Members of the Spearfish Fire Department responded, and after checking the situation, they ended up digging an approximately 3-by-5-foot area, about 2 ½ feet deep, to open up the pipe and try to coax the cat to come out with food and with the owner calling.

After about 2 hours, Boots chose to exit the pipe, to the joy of all involved. The cat was taken home, and firefighters put the drainage pipe back together, filled in/closed the hole, and returned to service.

“We’re always thankful for happy endings with animal calls,” Fire Chief Travis Ladson said, thanking all units for their response.

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