No cats were harmed in the making of this photograph.
Were you on the corner of Thomas Street and Madison Avenue in northwest Olympia at any point last week, and if so did you happen to see a tall man in a blue shirt lift a storm sewer grate, throw a cat inside, and run away? We ask because if you did, there could be some cash in it for you.
We don't know what, if anything, the cat did to drive the tall man in the blue shirt to take such drastic measures. As cat owners, we get that they can be pretty annoying sometimes, but we have to side with Erika Johnson of Thurston County Animal Services, who labeled the cat-dumping as "a very, very cruel act."
"The intent was to kill the animal," Johnson added, "because there's no way out of that."
On the second half of this point, we have to disagree with Johnson. Because the cat did find a way out. She did so by treading water for 45 minutes until a nameless good Samaritan opened the grate and pulled her out.
The cat, who scraped off her claws during the ordeal, is recuperating at Olympia's Animal Services, and is available for adoption. Just ask for the one with eight remaining lives.
Oh, also get in touch with Animal Services if you have information leading to the culprit. They'll let Olympia's Humane Society know, and the Society will pay you $2,500.
In related news, had the tall man in the blue shirt heard the following song as a child, he might have thought better of trying to drown the cat in a sewer.