Tuesday 17 January 2017

Watch: Owners shock as Casper the cat's day out ends in rescue from River Liffey

Published 30/03/2016 | 11:07

An owner was shocked to learn through a call from the DSPCA that his pet cat had been involved in a dramatic rescue from the River Liffey.

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Casper the cat got into difficulty shortly before midday yesterday when he entered the water close to the bridge on Bridge Street in Ringsend.

Credit: DSPCA
Credit: DSPCA

The DSPCA team received a call from a passerby who had spotted the terrified 18-month-old cat perched on a rock in the water.

Casper had managed to climb down from the wall and railings but soon found that he had no way to escape.

Inspector Tony McGovern responded to the call and attended the scene, but was unable to coax the cat out of the river - or reach him from his location.

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Credit: DSPCA
Credit: DSPCA

Firefighters were then called in, using a river rescue boat to reach a thankful Casper and pull him to safety.

A DSPCA spokesperson described DFB's actions as "amazing" and began the task of locating the cat's owners, assisted by the fact the animal was micro chipped.   

Although cats are not included in the micro chipping law that comes into force this week, the spokesperson advised owners to have all of their pets chipped.

"The owner was shocked to learn of Casper's adventures for the day," the spokesperson told independent.ie.

"If the cat had not have been micro chipped, however, it would have been a lot more difficult to track the owner down."

The "delighted" Ringsend-based owner was reunited with Casper this morning.

Credit: DSPCA
Credit: DSPCA

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