On Monday a Riverside County Animal Services officer rescued a skinny black cat who got its head stuck inside a plastic peanut butter container. The cat has since been nicknamed “Skippy.”

Department spokesman John Welsh said that Homeland resident Alyssa Cline along with her nephew found the cat and were unsuccessful in helping freeing the animal. They had tried to cut the container off with a pair of scissors, but they broke.

CBS Los Angeles reports Cline said in a statement, “He told me, ‘Look at this silly cat – it’s got its head stuck.’ I’m definitely an animal lover, so I wanted to help. I didn’t think it was cute.” Cline went on to say, “I did not want the cat to die. I didn’t think it could hang on much longer.”

Alyssa Cline and her nephew, Charlie Delarosa, were able to wrangle the cat into a crate in their garage, while they they waited for animal services Officer Carra Mathewson to arrive on scene.

Using a Leatherman multi-tool device, Mathewson was helped by Cline and Delarosa in freeing the stuck cat, they wrapped the animal in a blanket and snipped at the peanut butter container until she was free.

“Once I had enough room, I was able to get the container off without hurting the cat,” Cline said in a statement. “Her eyes were huge. She seemed very scared.”

Upon inspection, Skippy the cat was already in bad shape and had an infestation of maggots in both ears, so Mathewson took her to receive treatment at the San Jacinto Valley Animal campus.

Department spokesman John Welsh said that if an owner does not claim her after she recovers, Skippy will be made available for adoption.


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