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Cat home safe after five days on power pole

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Sparta, WI (WXOW)-- A Sparta family got an early Christmas present today when their cat, Dragon, finally came home, after spending five days sitting on a utility pole.

"We opened the window Sunday night because it was too hot in the house and I guess we opened it a little too far and he kinda snuck out," said John Keleman, Dragon's owner.

Dragon's family spent hours outside, calling his name, trying to coax him down.

"He came down about 15 feet and then got scared and went back up," Keleman said. "And we've been trying to get him down every since."

The pole is owned by Xcel Energy. Brian Elwood, a spokesman for Xcel, said they could not safely rescue the cat because he was close to main power lines. Cutting power would have affected almost 1000 area residents.

So Dragon's owners, John Keleman and six-year old Autum waited.

"Just come down, or jump, I'll catch you," Keleman said. "I just want him to come down. I miss him, I really do."

"And all the holidays, I want him to stay with us for all the holidays," said Autum.

And Autum got her wish at about 3 this afternoon, when Dragon fell from the pole and Keleman caught him safely in a blanket.

Debbie Pedilla, a local vet who knew about Dragon's situation, told the family to bring him in as soon as he came down from the pole.The family was concerned about the cost, but Pedilla said to just bring him in and they'd work something out later.

Pedilla examined Dragon and sent him home. The cat is now back home with his family.

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A happy ending to the story of Dragon, the cat stuck on top of a power pole in Sparta.

Shortly before 230pm, after more than three days, the feline tried to climb down the pole, slipped, only to be caught in a blanket by one of its owners, John Keleman.

Dragon went to a vet clinic where he was checked out.  Other than losing a few pounds, his owners say he was OK.

They now have him back at his home.

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SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - There's a small drama playing out in Sparta, where a cat named Dragon has been stuck on top of a power pole for the past three days.

Normally, the fire department would come to resuce the year-and-a-half old feline, but Sparta Fire Chief Scott Perkins says that Xcel Energy won't turn off the power lines so they can go up and get the cat.  He says the lines feed other lines so it makes it difficult to shut the power off without causing other problems.

Meanwhile, the cat remains on the pole, occasionally meowing at its predicament. Its owners are waiting below hoping for a good ending.

WXOW Reporter Kristen Barbaresi and Photographer John Schmidt were in Sparta when they learned of the stranded cat.  They spoke to a local veterinarian who said the cat may survive for a few more days without rescue, but not much longer.  She even offered to treat the cat for free if someone could safely bring it down.

The vet even went so far as to call a tree service with a bucket truck to see if they could help.  That didn't work when it was discovered they could be cited for trespassing since it was Xcel property.

Our crew was able to reach an Xcel Energy spokesperson who said he wasn't aware of the situation.  He told WXOW that he would do some checking and respond appropriately.

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