Verizon is catching some backlash from cat lovers everywhere after the company suspended a worker without pay for rescuing a cat stuck on top of a telephone pole in Philadelphia.
According to CBS News, the company’s decision came because the employee, Maurice German, violated safety rules by using a Verizon truck’s hydraulic bucket lift to rescue the cat.
Verizon SUSPENDS worker for using work equipment to rescue cat who was stuck on the top of a telephone pole in neighborhood where he was working https://t.co/GhdkBd3Snu pic.twitter.com/Lkl0bhVCRd— Formerly Brightly5 (@Brightly50) March 23, 2019
The cat’s owner called the fire department, animal rescue and the telephone company before German, who was working nearby, came over to help out.
According to CBS Philadelphia, the cat — called “Princess Momma” — had been stuck atop the pole for 12 hours.
German was suspended for three weeks without pay for his act of good will.
Verizon said it made a donation to a local animal rescue organization to show its support for animal groups.