Neighbors' team effort saves cat from cold

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Tasha the cat is warm and safe now, but that was not the case for several frigid hours Thursday night.

“I was literally sick to my stomach,” said Lori Frey, a volunteer at Focus on Ferals, the nonprofit shelter that ultimately took in Tasha. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would do that to any animal in the temperatures we had.”

The story began unfolding Thursday afternoon in the Van Singel Farms neighborhood near 68th Street and Byron Center Avenue in Byron Township.

"I was shocked," said Rafeal Lael, who lives in the neighborhood. “I was like, 'What is she doing?'"

Lael was snowblowing his driveway when he spotted what he thought was a woman abandoning a cat outside in zero-degree weather. The scene was captured on his porch surveillance camera, with the video showing what appeared to be a person dropping a cat on the ground and then turning and walking away.

The cat ran away and Lael posted about the incident on the Nextdoor neighborhood app . Jim Marsh, another Van Singel Farms neighbor, saw the Nextdoor message and went out searching for the cat.

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