Woman saves cat frozen to guardrail on I-81/690 interchange

The CNY SPCA is caring for, "Elsa," a cat that was frozen to a guardrail in Syracuse (Courtesy: Dee Schaefer).

The Central New York SPCA is caring for a cat found frozen to a guardrail on the interchange between I-81 and I-690 in Syracuse.

Joyanna Lathrop told CNYCentral she saw a post on Facebook saying a cat was sleeping on the guardrail, so she went to go get it Thursday morning.

When she arrived, Lathrop said she realized the cat wasn't sleeping. It was frozen to the guardrail.

"She was so scared, and you could tell she was just so tired and so cold."

Lathrop said she flagged down cars to see if anyone had hot coffee or water to help melt the ice off the cat. Coffee didn't work, and she said she ultimately had to scrape the cat's feet off the guardrail, and took her to the CNY SPCA.

"She just wanted to be held," Lathrop said. "Everytime I tried to put her down next to me, she would just climb back onto me. I cried for an hour, it was awful!"

The cat, which the SPCA named "Elsa" after the character in the Disney movie, "Frozen," doesn't have major injuries, just a few scrapes on her feet, according to the rescue organization.

Elsa isn't up for adoption until she gets back to full health.

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