Stevens Point teen who rescued noose-bound cat adopts it

Teen waded chest-deep into water to save cat

A Stevens Point teen who waded chest-deep into water to save a noose-bound cat is formally adopting the feline victim.

Gino Bulak was walking at a dam under a highway bridge earlier this month when he noticed an animal curled up on a concrete slab a few feet from the dam opening. The 18-year-old wasn’t sure what the animal was or whether the animal was even alive.

Still, he said leaving the animal there “wasn’t an option.” So he waded in chest-deep, with water rushing from the dam. A noose was tied around the nearly lifeless cat’s neck.

Bulak took the cat to the Humane Society of Portage County, where the cat recovered from rope burns and water in the lungs.

A Stevens Point Journal report said he planned to formally adopt the cat Saturday.