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For Two Days, Hugo The Cat Trapped On Electrical Pole

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(Credit: Peter Sabbag)

(Credit: Peter Sabbag)

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Poor Hugo, he’s been stuck on a ComEd electrical pole for two days.

The drama is unfolding in the town of Riverside, in the 200 block of Millbridge Road.

Workers with the utility company arrived on Tuesday to assess Hugo’s situation.

Then, they left.

Oh, Hugo is a cat.

They left because, according to the cat’s owner, Peter Sabbag, the crew “did not have the equipment to reach him.”

However, a crew is back today, presumably with the right equipment this time to save Hugo.

Sabbag is not happy with the utility’s response.

“They have shown no compassion or cooperation since and Hugo’s condition is deteriorating. Wouldn’t you think that a public company such as ComEd would try to help themselves by helping their customers in situations such as this?” Sabbag said in an email to CBS 2

There is a happy ending to the story.

Hugo has been saved!

ComEd crews were able to rescue the kitty, who is doing fine after spending 40 hours on the pole.

“ComEd was great today and saw to a successful resolution,” Sabbag said.

Com Ed says they received a call about a cat on an electrical pole with a live wire yesterday morning. Chicago firefighters responded but couldn’t get the cat without Com Ed.

Com Ed says they had to turn the power off for about two hours impacting 64 customers to retrieve the cat, but the cat moved higher on the pole. Com Ed returned today with a special “high rise” truck to get the cat off the pole and had to shut power off for another two hours effecting around 164 customers.

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