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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