A cat was found stuck in a tapered gap between a house and garage after going missing from its home in Hassocks.
Worried owner Jon Harper searched everywhere for the lost pet and called the RSPCA when he finally discovered missing moggy Phoebe wedged by the side of his house last Thursday.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens found Phoebe completely pinned in by her pelvis and showing signs of being very distressed.
Marie called the fire service who helped to carefully cut into the brickwork while she gently removed Phoebe from the gap.
Phoebe was handed back to her extremely grateful owners who took her to the vets for a check-up.
Marie said: “Phoebe’s meowing when trapped could be heard all over the neighbourhood.
“She was in a right jam and there is no way she would have been able to get free without help.
“I’ve been an RSPCA officer for 22 years but seeing animals in distress doesn’t get any easier. Luckily with the skills from the fire officers we were able to safely free poor Phoebe.”
Owner Jon Harper said: “She is a very timid cat and doesn’t usually go far. After I hadn’t seen her for a while I went out looking for her and could hear her calling out from somewhere.
“I thought she was on the roof of the garage but then I saw two eyes looking out from the gap between the house and the garage.
“I was worried about her as I didn’t know if she was injured. It was frustrating as she was so close to getting out the wall but it was so tight.
“She was shaking as the RSPCA officer pulled her through the gap - I was so relieved to have her out.”
Fortunately after a check over at the vets Phoebe was able to return home with just minor bruising.
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