OGDEN -- A kitten has been saved after she spent almost five days on top of a power pole.
The Blair family pet, a gray 3-month-old kitten named Shadow, ran up and was stuck on top of a 50-foot power pole Friday near a relative's home at 902 Sullivan Road, Amanda Blair said. The cat was staying with the relatives at the time.
"It's my son's cat. He's 8. He saw it on Saturday and cried," Blair said.
A Rocky Mountain Power employee came by Tuesday afternoon, but was not able to get the cat down with the rescue tool the company usually uses, as it requires the animal to be wearing a collar.
Shadow was not. But an employee returned Tuesday evening and was able to save the cat by coaxing her to jump off the pole to safety on the roof of a nearby house.
The rescue came only after the Blair family had exhausted several avenues.
They called animal control services and the Humane Society of Utah on Monday, but neither could help them, Blair said. So they called the Ogden Fire Department and Rocky Mountain Power on Tuesday, but initially had no luck there either.
The power line on that pole is high voltage -- 46,000 volts -- and too dangerous for firefighters, said Deputy Chief Chad Tucker. Someone who touches the wrong line could die, he said.
"It breaks our hearts, but there's really nothing we can do," he said.
Cutting power to the line would leave thousands of customers in the dark, said Rocky Mountain Power spokeswoman Maria O'Mara.
"That's a huge outage. It's hard to say who that would affect," O'Mara said.
The family was dismayed that no one had been able to save Shadow. They left tuna and other cat food near the power pole to tempt the kitten down, though that did not work either.
They are thankful that a power company employee was eventually able to save her.
"She's with us now, eating and running around," Blair said Tuesday night.