Crews Work to Rescue Cat Stuck in Pipe at Pier Park

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- Thankfully, a kitten's cries for help behind a store at Pier Park did not go unnoticed.

American Eagle employees at Pier Park say they’ve been tormented for several days by the sound of a crying cat stuck in a drain pipe behind the store.

"It's an awful sound to hear. You know there's an animal out there and you know its suffering. It's been in there for at least two days that I know of," said Store Manager, Jim Peacock.

Peacock says he thought he was hearing a frog as he left work Monday night. But when he returned to work Tuesday and heard it again, he realized the cat was stuck in the drain pipe behind his store. That's when he called Pier Park management and a whole team of people responded to try and rescue the cat.

"The fire department came out, our guys came out, maintenance guys, security guys, operations director, I went out and looked at it. We had a plumber come out and take a look at it," said General Manager of Pier Park, David Lee.

Together, they dug out the landscaping around the sidewalk, exposed the roof drain, cut it in two and left it for the night. They'd hoped the cat would settle down and crawl out. Animal control placed a live trap at the scene. But so far, everyone's efforts have been unsuccessful.

"When I got here this morning the manager was like ok, just a warning he's still here. But it's good he's still alive," said American Eagle Stock Manager, Deborah Burnett.

Ramona Bibbs with Lynn Haven Animal Control says it's most likely a feral cat that initially crawled into the pipe looking for shelter or food, and is now crying for his mother.

How ever he may have got in, American Eagle employees are just hoping he's rescued soon.

"It hurt my feelings yesterday. I literally left and cried my way home," said Burnett.

Pier Park management called in a plumber late Wednesday afternoon to put a camera down the pipe, and by Wednesday evening the cat was rescued. It will soon be up for adoption.


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  • by Missy Location: PC on Oct 18, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    No big deal Jenny! Hope you live a good life with your kitty!
  • by Jenny Location: PCB on Oct 11, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    Missy someone tricked you. I have the kitten and I was given the kitten at the scene by a fireman. Enjoy your kitten but its not THE kitten.
  • by Missy Location: Panama City on Oct 11, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    I have the kitten now and it's name is Storm. I am thankful to ALL that helped save it's life.
  • by James on Oct 9, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    Brenda your leadership is a joke
  • by Brenda Location: PCB on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    Mr. Shane Williams, You are defiantly not the right person for animal control if it's recognition you are after. Your comments are unprofessional and show lack of leadership. Thanks to the unspoken hero’s at Pier Park the kitten was saved. Brenda-
  • by dyelucia22 Location: PCB on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:21 AM
    I just want to say to EVERYONE who worked on getting that poor little cat out of the drain-THANK YOU.
  • by Kyle Williams Location: PCB on Oct 7, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    Way to lead bro. Thing would have been dead by now if not for my big bro. I'm proud of you! You're leader of the pack and they cheated you out of recognition.
  • by Faye Location: Santa Rosa Beach on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    It is a grand thing when people come together for a cause and one of Gods little creatures was saved as a result. A big hug for Deborah and her soft heart, this litlle guy will be Happy she took him.
  • by not out for the credit on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Mr. Williams, I am glad that you are getting the recognition that you feel you deserve by adding your comment. If you displayed the same self-important attitude while on location that you display in your comment, there might be a very good reason that you weren't mentioned by name in the article. Most people learn by adulthood that sometimes it is not about receiving the credit but knowing that you were able to help....Just saying. Thanks.
  • by Dewey whatley Location: Panama City Beach on Oct 7, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Yeah Wjhg Shane does a awesome job he is the best animal control officer the beach has had. why did you not mention him great job Shane...
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