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Cat rewards Schenectady rescuers with bites

Sewer Department workers get rabies shots as precaution

Schenectady Sewer workers Mike Cerrone, left, and  Dominic DiCaprio, try to secure a stray cat that wandered into a storm sewer drain as they emerge from a man hole at Maxon Road Extension and Alexander Avenue Thursday, October 18, 2012. The cat, scared from the attention, ran into a wooded area near the Mohawk River. Three sewer department workers received minor scratches and cuts from trying to rescue the cat.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady Sewer workers Mike Cerrone, left, and Dominic DiCaprio, try to secure a stray cat that wandered into a storm sewer drain as they emerge from a man hole at Maxon Road Extension and Alexander Avenue Thursday, October 18, 2012. The cat, scared from the attention, ran into a wooded area near the Mohawk River. Three sewer department workers received minor scratches and cuts from trying to rescue the cat.
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Three city Sewer Department workers climbed into a storm drain on Thursday to save a stray cat, which rewarded them by biting all three. Now they have to undergo rabies shots. The cat was rescued about 8 a.m. after falling into the drain on Maxon Road Extension roughly across from The Daily Gazette. “It’s just an open storm drain and the cat just wandered down in that,” said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Gillespie. Firefighters received ...


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