Cats reunited with owner

Two Maine coon cats that had been missing since Saturday’s Old Market fire have been reunited with their owner after being rescued Tuesday. Pictured with the cats are animal control officers, Martin Jensen, left, and Ryan McGlothlin.

Two Maine coon cats that had been missing since Saturday’s Old Market fire have been reunited with their owner, according to city officials.

The cats, Goliath and Pearl, were in a condo above the Market House when the fire started in the building next door Saturday. The owner, Lindsey Klotz, and friends had posted on social media asking firefighters to return the cats.

City officials mistakenly announced that the cats had been returned Monday. But they later said that was a misunderstanding. Firefighters had made contact with the cats, but they ran away.

So firefighters left food and water, said Carrie Murphy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jean Stothert.

Ryan McGlothlin and Martin Jensen, animal control officers with the Nebraska Humane Society, rescued the cats from the condo Tuesday.

Before entering the building, the animal control officers were briefed by the Omaha Fire Department on areas where it would be safe for them to walk. Two firefighters assisted with the rescue effort.

World-Herald staff writer Sarah Baker Hansen contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1084, roseann.moring@owh.com

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