Rusty To The Rescue

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:39pm

Cat credited with saving owner's life when she has a heart attack.

A 22-pound cat is being hailed as a hero.

His owner said her adopted feline friend helped save her life last week.

Rusty went above and beyond his call as a house pet to help Claire Nelson realize something was wrong.

Nelson said she wasn’t feeling well but figured it was just indigestion.

But Rusty seemed to sense something was wrong.

“Every time I tried to sit down or go back to bed to lie down, the cat would jump up on me, put his paws on my leg -- pawing at my chest, letting out these horrible meows,” she said. “It was totally out-of-character for him.”

Nelson called her doctor’s office and headed there but only got as far as the bus stop before she realized there was something seriously wrong.

She called 911 for medical help.

She was later told she had suffered a heart attack.

Rusty was adopted from the Humane Society of Berks County, Pennsylvania two years ago.

In Rusty’s honor, the animal shelter is offering free adoptions of older cats for the rest of the summer.

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