Cat search puts man in psych ward
New York | July 26, 2008 12:01:13 AM IST
A New York contractor was committed to a psychiatric ward when he broke through walls to retrieve a lost cat -- an animal doctors thought was a delusion.
Chris Muth got out of the hospital after four days, the New York Post reported. The lost cat, Rumi, spent somewhat longer, 15 days, in the bowels of a Brooklyn church being converted into apartments.
Muth said he panicked at the thought of losing Rumi when the cat wandered off because he was caring for it for a friend. After going through a hole in a wall, Rumi fell down a shaft.
When Muth broke several walls down, the superintendent called police, who took him to the hospital. There, doctors found that he had a bizarre delusion that he was trying to rescue a friend's cat, The Brooklyn Paper said.
A professional cat rescuer was finally brought in to get Rumi out of the building.
Muth told The Brooklyn Paper he panicked because he thought the cat might starve to death. I can fix holes, but I can't bring a cat back to life, he said. (UPI)
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