Cape Coral Fire Department

Published: Apr 03, 2014 2:24 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Cape Coral Fire Department and Lee County Animal Services rescued a young cat that was trapped between two South Cape buildings today.

Employees at a chiropractic office heard a cat crying for help.

“We could hear a cat crying from inside the file room,” said Kim Kanefke, an employee with Wunderlich Chiropractic at 1402 Lafayette Street. “We figured it must have been outside between the two buildings.”

The male cat, estimated at 1-2 years old, was found wedged in the space about three inches wide between 1402 and 1404 Lafayette Street. Employees called Lee County Animal Services. After about 45 minutes of working to free the cat without success, a call was placed to the Fire Department.

Firefighters worked with Animal Services for an additional 20-30 minutes, and was finally able to free the cat. It was suspected the cat may have chased a rodent in between the buildings, but got stuck, and was unable to back up or turn around. It is unknown how long the animal had been trapped, but it was thought it could have been up to 12 hours.

Because of the tight fit, firefighters used a long reaching pike pole, normally used to pull down ceilings in a structural fire, along with the noose used by Animal Services to move the cat forward out into the open. The animal only suffered some scrapes and abrasions from being wedged against the stucco covering of both buildings.

Once the cat was rescued, he was given an identification number and transported to Lee County Animal Services for evaluation and adoption.

For anyone interested in checking on and adopting the cat, his ID is A585602. There are many other dogs and cats that are also available. Anyone interested can call (239) 533-7387 or log on to