UPDATE: Speak Out for a Cat Possibly Entombed in a Vent!

Update (September 6, 2023): The cat is now safe and is being fostered! Thank you to everyone who spoke up for this animal. And a big thanks to local rescuer John Debacker as well as the techs sent out by the New York City Housing Authority for dismantling the air conditioning unit in order to get the cat out. To help other animals in need, please visit PETA.org.

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Today, PETA received a report of a cat who has (at best) been hiding but who is possibly trapped inside an air conditioning duct on the roof of a locked community center at 430 Dumont Ave. in Brooklyn, New York, and has reportedly been there for up to a week.

Evidently, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which owns the building, has prohibited the fire department from accessing the vent in order to perform a rescue if appropriate, and this office only refers PETA to police, who obviously aren’t the answer. And although maintenance workers have reportedly been to the roof to see if they could spot the cat, no traps have been set and further detection efforts are not in the works to our knowledge. Meanwhile, the cat’s guardian and a local activist at the site have confirmed hearing the distressed animal vocalizing from inside the duct.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind