Garage door kills cats; owners warn others

CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A Caledonia family has a warning for all pet owners after two of their cats were crushed under their garage door and killed.

It sounds strange, but it has been traumatic for the family, which is sharing the story in an effort to prevent another family from dealing with a similar loss. The concern, while bizarre, is real and some simple changes could protect your pets.

The Postmas’ cats and family are shaken after finding two of their four felines killed by their garage door.

“You don’t think about it. You push a button and you don’t expect that pushing a button is going to kill your cat,” Carol Postma said.

When it happened to their cat Angel a few years ago, Postma thought it was a fluke.

“Just a bad thing that happened and we didn’t expect it would happen again,” she said.

Last week it did, killing a cat named Piper, one of two kitties recently rescued.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” Postma said. “And then to have to make a call to my daughter who is away at college and these are her kitties.”

The Postmas thought the problem was the height of the sensors on the garage door that signal it to stop if something runs underneath while the door is closing.

An expert told 24 Hour News 8 that sensors set at 8 inches or lower are safe. In the Postmas’ case, Keith Keen with Overhead Door thinks the sensitivity was set too high, so the door didn’t pop up when it hit the cats.


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