Norfolk, MA - (NBC) - Rescue workers in Norfolk, MA, freed a cat whose head was stuck in a storm grate in Norfolk.
Rubick the cat got stuck on Strawberry Lane. A resident spotted the cat and called Animal Control.
"I'm not sure how or why, but usually for a cat to go in there, there's got to be a pretty compelling reason to try to escape through the grate. My guess is she was chased in there," said Hilary Cohen, a Norfolk Animal Control officer.
At the scene, firefighters and an animal control officer were unsuccessful in trying to extricate the young, short-haired gray cat.
"We tried to manipulate the head through on scene and were unable to do that successfully. We transported the grate and the cat down to Acorn Animal Hospital and sedated the cat so she wouldn't fight the process. As soon as she was sedated, the staff here was able to remove her head from the grate," said Cohen.
The cat is currently at the hospital, undergoing treatment for her injuries. She is expected to recover.
The woman who owns the cat came forward after seeing the story on TV and has picked Rubick up from the shelter.
Cohen says she has seen three other cats in similar situations during her time at her job. She believes the cats try to escape from a predator and end up hanging themselves in the grates.
She added that teams have been successful in all the previous rescue attempts.