Town Workers Rescue Kittens

Two felines were trapped at least five feet down a narrow drainage pipe.

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Two kittens from a Connecticut town trapped in a drain pipe were saved thanks to the diligence of the towns animal control officer, her assistant and a concerned homeowner.

The incident began last weekend when a Webster Heights, Conn.  homeowner, John Flanagan, was puzzled by the continual mewling of a cat or cats, according to animal control officer Cheryl Gagnon.

When Flanagan saw a cat at a drain in a window well, he  called police, who dispatched Assistant Animal Control Officer Christine Sparks to the scene. Sparks located the kittens about five or five-and-a-half feet down the narrow drain.

When her rescue efforts were unsuccessful, Sparks called in Gagnon.

Among the problems were: trying to maneuver in the narrow window well; the pipes narrowness, at about six inches wide; and because the kittens were down at least five feet, it was simply too deep for either animal specialist to reach down and grab the kittens.

Further complicating the rescue attempts was an off-center pipe   that made it difficult to  see the kittens. For 90 frustrating minutes, nothing worked. But eventually, Gagnon  worked a snare into the drain at just the right angle.

First one and then the second kitten was hauled up from their cramped enclosure.

 The kittens are the off-spring of a feral cat.. Now cleaned  and safe, they will be placed in new homes, Gagnon said.

Posted: May 9, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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