A group of firefighters have once again come to the rescue of a helpless kitten. This is a story with a happy ending that brings to mind “it takes a village” as to how the kitten was finally saved.
It happened when a call came in to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue in Broward County, Florida when a 4-month-old kitten wedged its paw in the middle of a steel cap on a drain cap located on the 4500 block of Northwest 39th Street. A passer-by heard the screaming kitten and called 911. The Lauderdale Lakes unit responded to the call.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles stated in an August 12 interview with Miami-Herald
“It’s a living, breathing thing. That’s what we do. We respond to all types of emergencies. It was in there really tight.”
The team had tried to free the kitten for more than 30 minutes on-site with no success. It was discouraging when no progress was made once back at Fire Rescue. Local animal hospitals were called in for help when lubrication didn’t work. VCA Imperial Point Animal Hospital agreed to lend assistance, so firefighter Chris Hottz and Battalion Jon O’Brien rushed the kitty and the drain cap to the hospital, where Dr. Lara Wiseman sedated the kitten. Firefighters were then able to use two saws to free the kitten.
Dr. Wiseman examined the kitten and found no bones had been broken, but kitty would likely suffer from sore paws for the next few days. The firefighters have decided to call their rescue “Captain.”
No one is sure whether Captain is a stray or has a home. A loving home will be found if no one comes forward to claim this sweet baby. Thank you to everyone who went out of their way to help this one little cat.