Excerpt: "...he comes along with his equipment...and was able to accurately tell where it was" After two weeks of rescue efforts, Molly, the cat that sparked a media frenzy in New York City was finally pulled out from a spot between two Greenwich Village buildings.
The low-key drama, with no end in sight, was playing out in the basement of Myers of Keswick, a delicatessen where Molly had been official house mouser until she wandered into a narrow space between walls and became lost. Mike Pastore, field director for Animal Care & Control described the space as as "a maze of beams and pipes, going every which way."
Alan Fierstein of Acoustilog first heard about the story on Friday, day 14. It was reported by Associated Press that the cat was sending out distress calls from a few feet or maybe just inches away and that Molly's meowing could be heard so clearly on the sidewalk outside the building that it seemed she might be a foot or less inside the wall, though blocked from view by vertical studs and other obstructions. When Fierstein stopped by on Friday afternoon, he found workers concentrating their efforts in the basement, where they had made numerous holes.
Armed with that information, rescuers looked backwards, rather than down or forwards, through a ground level hole in the wall to the crawlspace. At 8 PM, one of the volunteers spotted Mollys eyes, moving slightly next to an old gutter pipe lodged between the two brick walls, high up in the mountain of garbage. This was almost at the ceiling of the store near the 2nd floor of the building, not near the basement where they had been looking for 2 weeks.
Pastore was able to convince the store owner to allow a hole to be drilled through the inside wall of the shop near the ceiling. It took Kevin Clifford, one of the volunteers, 2 hours to drill out a single 12 x 24 hole right next to the mountain of garbage. Molly was found between the drain pipe and the right side of the brick wall. Kevin grabbed her and pulled her out just after 10 PM. The crowd on the sidewalk cheered loudly. Her condition was surprisingly good, having used up only one of her lives, and she ate and drank right away.