By Carol Tannenhauser
A kitten has been trapped for a month without food in the former AT&T store at 2195 Broadway at West 78th Street, according to Emily Noble, an Upper West Sider who has been “trying desperately for the last 24 hours to save it,” she told West Side Rag by email.
“It was pointed out to me by the man who runs the fruit stand right outside,” Noble, 27, continued. “He was clearly distressed about it as he’s been watching the cat starve since the store closed about a month ago. I immediately called 311 who couldn’t help, and 911 who wouldn’t. A friend suggested reaching out to the news so here I am.”
Noble sent a picture of the empty storefront with a “giant for-lease sign in the window,” displaying the building owner’s phone number. “Unfortunately, they’ve ignored all of my outreach (past 24 hours) and that of my fruit-stand guy (over a longer period of time).” WSR put in a call to the owner earlier this evening, but got an answering machine and has not yet received a response.
Time is of the essence. Perhaps someone lives at 2191 Broadway, which is the address of the building housing the empty storefront, and can reach out to the super or owner. Noble says she is “more than happy to trap the cat myself or coordinate with a rescue group.”
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Update, August 27, 2:15 p.m.: We have confirmation from Emily Noble that the kitten is safe and has been fed and hydrated. “I just stopped by and there are several people inside – seems like it’s actually being handled!” she wrote. “Yes – super let one of our tenants in the store, left food & water, & will trap & foster tomorrow,” explained a Rag commenter. “Signage has been left in window for all to know.”
Definitely more to follow!
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