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Community comes together to save trapped kitten

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ -- A cat in a tree would have been so much easier.

Instead, Monroe Township firefighters, police and animal control officers were using flashlights - peering into a hole in the ground - trying to spot, and somehow extract, a kitten that got trapped.

The kitten's cries were first heard by employees and customers at Concordia shopping center. The sounds were coming from an unused conduit, a tube of PVC just 5 inches wide that runs beneath the service drive behind the shops.

"They actually called animal control. And animal control came. They did everything they could. We sent ropes down there, hoping that the kitten would crawl out, says one of the employees at the shopping center.

After everything else failed, the rescue operation became a rescue excavation. Workers sawed through pavement - dug through earth and rock - and eventually uncovered the pipe. A section was cut out, and minutes later, a young black and white cat was pulled from the hole.

It may have just used up one of its 9 lives, but the kitten appeared remarkably healthy. Several people have already come forward to adopt the kitten.
 
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