Updated: February 20, 2021 10:26:17 am
A family’s rescue cat is being hailed as a hero after it helped sniff out a gas leak at their Oregon home, saving their lives.
According to KATU, an ABC News affiliate, Sandi Martin was playing with her cat Lilly on February 12 when she noticed that the feline was sniffing around and was oddly preoccupied with the fireplace valve.
When Martin leaned in closely to see what caught the cat’s attention, she recognised a faint smell of natural gas. “I went over and sniffed and there was a natural gas smell,” Martin told KGW.com.
After calling her husband Mike for a second opinion, she contacted NW Natural, their gas company, for assistance. An employee from the company arrived about 20 minutes later and confirmed that their house has a gas leak.
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“He tested all the other sources of gas and went outside and cut off the pipe to the gas there and capped it off and shut down the fireplace. She might have saved our lives,” Martin told the news agency.
If the cat hadn’t sniffed out the gas leak, it could have built up and potentially caused an explosion or fire.
Lily was adopted from Cat Adoption Team (CAT) right before the pandemic.
Apart from her ‘gas leak detecting’ skill, Lilly also has 21 toes while most cats only have 18. According to CAT, despite her life-saving ability, the feline is suffering from Feline Leukemia Virus, an infection which can shorten a cat’s life span.
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