The RSPCA came to the rescue of a frightened cat who got stuck under floorboards in a derelict house.
Felix found himself in a tight spot when he got wedged under the upstairs flooring of the property in Raby Gardens, Hartlepool.
He had been missing for four days when his worried owner heard cries coming from inside the derelict house.
The house, one of several awaiting demolition, had caught fire just days before. Once the fire crews had finished tackling the fire, it’s thought Felix wandered in and was shut inside when builders attended to re-board the doors and windows.
After hearing the cries from inside, his owner - who’d been desperately searching for him - managed to free a board and called emergency services.
RSPCA Inspector Clare Wilson said: “Felix managed to get into the building and got stuck. One of the boards had been pulled off so I could get into the property quite easily. I found Felix trapped under the upstairs floorboards. I managed to remove a board using a crowbar and freed him. He was hungry, poor little thing, but he wasn’t injured.”
The one-year-old was then reunited with his overjoyed owner.
“She was over-the-moon,” Inspector Wilson added.