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Cat rescued from freeway during rush hour
by Tribune Staff
Feb 16, 2012 | 3472 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo - Washoe County Regional Animal Services Officer Heidi Mittelstaedt with the stray cat she rescued from a freeway median on Wednesday.
Courtesy Photo - Washoe County Regional Animal Services Officer Heidi Mittelstaedt with the stray cat she rescued from a freeway median on Wednesday.
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RENO — A 2-year-old brown tabby was safely rescued from its precarious perch on a freeway median during the height of Wednesday’s rush hour traffic thanks to a cooperative effort between the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Regional Animal Services and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Dispatch centers at both agencies started receiving calls just as the start of the evening rush hour reporting a cat sitting on the cement median dividing the north and south bound lanes of U.S. 395 in the area of Mill Street.

NHP troopers shut several of the northbound lanes while Animal Control Officer Heidi Mittelstaedt cautiously approached the cat.

"Cats can be difficult to catch under any circumstances," Mittelstaedt said. "In this case, I was really concerned about spooking the cat and causing it to dart out into traffic."

Mittelstaedt climbed over the median and approached from the southbound side of the freeway so if the cat did run, it would run onto the side that already was shut down.

"As it was, she was a very easy catch," Mittelstaedt said. "I approached from behind and was able to snare the cat and then get it quickly and safely to the truck."

Mittelstaedt took the cat to Regional Animal Services for examination. The cat is reported to be in "remarkably good" condition considering its ordeal.

"In fact, she is a very friendly cat," Mittelstaedt said. "Even after all she'd been through, she kept purring and rubbing and asking for attention. She is friendlier than many cats I've seen who have been through much less."

The cat was not micro-chipped and has no identification. She will remain with Regional Animal Services until Tuesday and then be available for adoption through a local rescue group.
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Pamalah MacNeily
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September 05, 2013
Reno is a place that cares about its animals. THey have quite a few NO-Kill or low kill public facilities. This article says it will be available through a local rescue group.

Very impressed with Reno.
Pamalah MacNeily
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September 05, 2013
Agreed. Great for the people who adopted. Then-- it is a kill shelter?
MerriweATHER
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August 31, 2013
Thank God there are caring people out there. What a pretty cat. Someone will love to make a nice home for him.
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