Recently Matthew Guidarelli was out for a jog over a footbridge on the Normans Kill, a 45-mile-long (73 km) creek in New York state, when he heard what at first sounded like a baby crying. He stopped, listened some more, and then spotted a pet carrier sinking beneath the water.
Matthew jumped in and crossed the current quickly. As he hoisted the crate, it seemed unusually heavy. He was stunned to find not only a large tabby inside but also a heavy rock, intended to make sure the cat would never surface again.
There’s an abs0lute storm of serendipity surrounding this case. First, our hero ran across the bridge exactly at the time that the perpetrator must have been running in the opposite direction. Second, Matthew heard the cries only because he wasn’t listening to music at the time of his jog. And third, Matthew didn’t hesitate or wait for help. Had he waited for authorities, it would have been too late.
Bethlehem, New York police are somewhat doubtful that the perpetrator will be found, but there is one lead in the case. The carrier is marked with a neon pink sticker that might help identify the cat’s former guardian. The sticker appears to have come from a veterinary clinic. The hope is that someone will recognize the sticker or this large tabby who has a somewhat memorable appearance. See the sticker here.
As for the tabby, he’s been given the name Chance and is an absolute delight to be around. His new “parents” report that he loves to be brushed and to roll on his back. In just a few days, he has already stolen their hearts and they can’t get enough of him.
Updates on the Criminal Investigation
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