Cat Named "FiOs" After Rescue by Verizon Workers

The Verizon workers were walking on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village when they saw a cat hanging onto a tree limb with a cable cord tied around its neck

Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 9:36 AM EDT
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A cat rescued by two Verizon workers in Queens this week is looking for a new home. And in honor of the workers who saved it, the feline already has a name -- FiOs.

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A cat rescued by two Verizon workers in Queens this week is looking for a new home. And in honor of the workers who saved it, the feline already has a name -- FiOs.

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A pair of telephone repairmen in Queens helped rescue a cat in a tree this week, earning the feline a nickname in honor of the workers who saved it.

The Verizon workers were walking on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village when they saw a cat hanging onto a tree limb with a cable cord tied around its neck.

The two workers jumped into their cherry picker, which got them to the tree. They were able to cut the cord and grab the cat.

"It's a family cat, it's probably abandoned or poorly treated, obviously, with the cable tied around its neck," said David Halpern, the veterinarian that checked out the rescued kitty. "But this is a healthy cat that wants a good home. The cat would not have done well outside."

The cat has reportedly been named FiOs in honor of its Verizon heroes.

FiOs' vet plans to have the cat put up for adoption by the weekend.

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