December 17, 2014

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Firefighter attacked by cat he rescued

LORAIN — A Lorain firefighter was attacked by a cat that he was rescuing from what appeared to be a small animal trap.

A cat sits in a cage following its rescue from under a porch at East 33rd Street in Lorain on Thursday. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

A cat sits in a cage following its rescue from under a porch at East 33rd Street in Lorain on Thursday. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Firefighter Mark Stack was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for his injuries after the cat bit through his protective clothing and gloves, said Capt. Tom Baker. Baker said he was unsure of the extent of Stack’s injuries.

The Lorain Fire Department was called to a home in the 1000 block of East 33rd Street around 1:43 p.m. Thursday after a man requested that firefighters remove a cat that was hiding under his porch. Baker said the cat had a “leg-type trap” on its paw. The trap was eventually removed, and the trap and the cat were taken to Lorain Animal Clinic.

Pam Shibak, receptionist at the clinic, said the cat is recovering at the clinic and had eaten some food.

“It’s bad, but it’s not life-threatening,” she said of the cat’s injuries Thursday afternoon.

Shibak said it’s too early to tell whether the cat will be able to use its mangled leg. She said veterinarians were allowing the animal to rest before examining it because the cat was still upset over the incident.

Irma Marquez, a resident on East 33rd Street, said she was on the phone when her labradoodle dogs began barking at the cat.

“It ran across my property,” she said. “It was limping.”

She said the animal appeared to be domesticated because it was calm after the trap was removed from its foot and firefighters pulled it out from under the porch.

Baker said it is not unusual for the Fire Department to respond to calls involving animals.

“We do respond to animal rescue calls, at least to investigate,” he said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.