Jogger Rushes to Save Drowning Cat in Rock-Filled Carrier

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.

Chance is a large, charismatic tabby who is thankful for Matthew's heroism.

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

Breaking news on the investigation of Chance’s attempted drowning will be posted on the Harmony Fund’s Facebook page.

664 comments

Diana G.
Diana G.8 months ago

Thank you for this story! It's amazing to think that Matthew Guidarell was so compassionate, brave, and quick thinking in rescuing this beautiful cat.

That someone was out to actually *murder* this poor cat was just heartbreaking, though. I hope they catch the perpetrator.

Elizabeth Koenig
Elizabeth Koenig8 months ago

Thank you for this story! It's amazing to think that Matthew Guidarell was so compassionate, brave, and quick thinking in rescuing this beautiful cat.

That someone was out to actually *murder* this poor cat was just heartbreaking, though. I hope they catch the perpetrator.

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B.2 years ago

I hope they are going to get this peace of human trash! As to Matthew, he's one in a million. This world needs many more people like him. Kudos to Matthew!

Barbara C.
Barbara C.2 years ago

So thankful that there are still a lot of good, caring people in the world. When you
think of all the awful things animals go through, you can stop and think of this wonderful, kind, brave hero Matthew who is definitely making a tremendous difference in the world.

Virginia Abreu de Paula

Rigth person near at the right time. I am thankful he was saved. Now let's hope the perpetrador will be found.

Zulima Morton
Zulima Morton2 years ago

Thank you Matthew for saving this precious cat

Jane S.
Jane S.2 years ago

ANIMAL CRUELTY NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!!!!!

Ziv Adaki
Ziv Adaki2 years ago

thanks

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan2 years ago

Welcome such humans with heart of gold to this planet, they are the answer to the present day cruelty and greed for money that is eating away the kindness and care which was prevalent in the olden days.