A 53 year old man named Marcial Rios-Aguilar risked and tragically lost his life trying to save this cat from a tree in the Bronx at 3 a.m. on Monday. Mr. Rios-Aguilar fell from the tree and died before he could help the cat. Firefighters arrived on the scene and got the kitty out the tree. Sadly, the cat was sent to the Manhattan pound where, statistically speaking, he has a good chance of getting sick and/or getting killed.
This story is yet another example of why we need a safe haven for homeless pets. And I really don’t want to hear about the so-called irresponsible public “forcing” pound workers to kill animals. A member of the public died trying to save this cat. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that public employees do their jobs and actually shelter pets in need.