NYC is awash with pets: cats, dogs, goldfish, canaries, you name it, New Yorkers just love animals. Which is good because occasionally those pets bring the city to a grinding halt when traffic of various sorts is stopped rather than some escaped pet learning the error of its ways by getting killed.
Last week, see the video, Credit Deidre Hamill|Quest Imagery, a cat sprang free from its owners grasp onto the Canal Street Subway tracks. Trains were halted rather than abandoning the escaped animal to dodging trains and NYPD officers sprang into rescue mode. Congrats Officers!
This week it was a cat chasing pigeons right up into the higher reaches of the Manhattan Bridge and then not being able to find its way down. So part of the bridge was shut down to traffic while a rescue operation was mounted.
Now both of these incidents involved a lot of inconvenience for a lot of people and presumably the cost in man hours, police time and rescue crew hours was high. New Yorkers grumble but agree that it’s the right thing to do and no city official wants to make his name by being an animal abandoner. So dramtic animal rescues will continue to be a part of New York life.