Looking at â€œCrazy Eightâ€ today, no one would know that just days before Christmas, the kitten was rescued from a 75-foot well.
Cindy Saull, a firefighter with the Crouse Volunteer Fire Department who later adopted the cat, could not ignore the information she heard on her pager the night of Dec. 20.
â€œWhen I heard that there was a cat trapped in a well and they were unable to save it, I thought the Crouse Fire Department could go take a look,â€ she said.
The well was located on Christopher Road in the Pumpkin Center district.
Six members of the Crouse Fire Department arrived at the scene at 1:30 a.m. The cat had been trapped for three hours.
â€œMy husband just went down in the well and got her,â€ she said. â€œSo I knew we were going to have to keep her.â€
The cat was named â€œCrazy Eight,â€ after Crouse Station 8. Crazy Eight did not appear to sustain any injuries beyond some minor bruises.
Her hip seemed to be a little sore at first, but Saull said she is now back to normal.
â€œIt seemed like she used to have some nightmares, she would wake up suddenly, but now she sleeps all the time,â€ Saull said.
This was a big rescue for the fire department and took an hour and a half to perform.
Pumpkin Center Fire Department, which was originally dispatched to the scene, first attempted to save the animal by lowering a bucket of tuna into the well.
â€œShe was not interested in the tuna,â€ Saull said. â€œSo that is why my husband went ahead and went down there.â€
Kenneth Saull, who is certified in confined spaces, did not have any problem rescuing the animal.
â€œHe just put the cat in his pocket and came back up,â€ she said.
No one in the area could identify the cat, and Saull said she had to take her in.
â€œThey were discussing taking her to the pound but I donâ€™t believe in the pound,â€ she said. â€œI told them she was coming home with me.â€
The well, which is located on a residentâ€™s property, appeared to have no lid on it.
Saull said she hopes they will fill it in.
â€œIt could have been somebodyâ€™s kid,â€ she said.
Crazy Eight has been to the vet and has been diagnosed as being â€œhealthy as a horse.â€
She joins the Saull family with eight other cats, four dogs and three horses.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to part with her since my husband rescued her,â€ Saull said.
by Amy Wadsworth