Named "Lazarus" by staff at the Utah Humane Society, the
4-year-old male Lynx Point and Siamese mix was found last month at
the height of Utah's steamy summer heat, Carl Arky, a spokesman for
the society, said on Thursday.
He said a female appraiser working at the home in Layton, about 25
miles north of Salt Lake City, heard noises coming from behind a
sheetrock wall and made a hole to rescue the cat.
Temperatures in the home were thought to be well above 100
Fahrenheit, as it was unoccupied and the air conditioner was off.
"He was near death's door," said Arky. "I give a lot of credit to
that women who drilled a hole in the wall to get him out."
Humane Society staff thought Lazarus might be dead, but he
eventually lifted his head to eat.
He was suffering from burns and dehydration, but has since been
nursed back to health and is now ready for adoption. An
advertisement says he loves having his cheeks scratched, and that he
gets on well with other cats and dogs.
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(Reporting by Jennifer Dobner; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Eric
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